Speaking Quilts to Social Justice Thought Leaders



Being a person who speaks quilts has its perks. I spent two days at the beautiful Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge in young Harris, GA sharing my life story and leadership lessons with a group of social justice thought leaders. The retreat was sponsored by the Kendeda Foundation, and was billed as a time when the Foundation’s grantees could Renew, Reflect, Reimagine and Retreat. The program was created and coordinated by the Chrysalis Lab.



I shared the basics of quilt making and helped them begin their own social justice memory quilt. I shared an example of memory block while they worked on their block that focused on liberation and justice. I also shared a few of my memory quilts and a social justice quilt and guided them as each attendee made their own block.

Fulton County Attorney Law Library, 86x102 inch memory quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2003.

I shared three of my memory quilts with the group of social justice thought leaders I spoke to this week. The quilts are Fulton County Attorneys, Fulton County Attorney Law Library, and DeKalb Law. I threw in my quilt Potion to Cure Racism to illustrate how quilts can be used to convey a social justice message. It was a good day.


Potion to Cure Racism, 45x53 inch hand quilted art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2021.

I may make this presentation available to Fortune 500 businesses (only they could afford me) for their leadership retreats. I am expensive and authentically unique.😂


DeKalb Law, 75x95 inch memory quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.

I think I birthed some future quilters! Look for future posts of the quilt that I will create as a result of this retreat. There will be butterflies!🤫



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