Drawings from August Quarterly

Drawings from August Quarterly
As the Story is Told... excerpt from Press On: The Story of Peter Spencer. ©The Peter Spencer Life Foundation.

As the Story is Told… excerpt from Press On: The Story of Peter Spencer. ©The Peter Spencer Life Foundation.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend August Quarterly Celebration.  The oldest African American festival in the nation was created over 200 years ago by Peter Spencer founder of the Mother African Union Church in Wilmington, DE and is highlighted in Press On, my recent collaboration and book project with the students and leaders from MAUC.

Page from Press On:The Story of Peter Spencer. ©ThePeterSpencerLifeFoundation

The Tradition Continues today. Page from Press On:The Story of Peter Spencer. ©ThePeterSpencerLifeFoundation

As true with most things, you can read and learn about something, but to truly understand it- you must experience it.

Sketch from August Quarterly 2016 ©NanciHersh

August Quarterly Sketch- “How Ya Doing Everybody?” Sister Chioma Amaka ©NanciHersh

I sat in the back drawing in the August Quarterly program- and singing along with hundreds of people who were dressed to express. Several clergy spoke as did U.S Senator, Chris Coons from Delaware who I would’ve thought was a preacher himself!

Sketch from August Quarterly, Wilmington, DE ©Nancihersh

Sketches from the August Quarterly 2016 in Wilmington, DE. Top- a regal usher, bottom- and young lady next to me with her own purple crown.©NanciHersh

A sketch of an attendee at August Quarterly 2016. ©NanciHersh

A sketch of an attendee at August Quarterly 2016. ©NanciHersh

One of the take aways from my experience at August Quarterly were the words of Bishop Todd Townsend, “authentic work creates work… it creates the context for somebody else to do more.”

This historic joyous celebration was an opportunity to remind us that our work is not done in our communities, in our nation.

Press On.

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