These beautiful panels are part of quilting workshops at Alabama State University, Selma and in Montgomery as part of the Change the Pattern initiative.
One of the panels celebrates and honors the live of Darren “Ato” Hall, son of state representative Laura Hall, whose diagnosis was not made public, until 2001, when she spoke out at a legislative session for HIV program funding.
Another panel is for Kiyoshi Kuromiya, who was part of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery civil rights march where he was beaten unconscious and has to get twenty stitches in his head. He later became one of the founders of ACT UP.
“Bringing the Quilt and making new panels in Alabama shines a light on the systemic struggles communities of color continue to face and have for far too long ignored.”