Ancestral Rhythms…We are the dreams of our ancestors realized
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes
What were the dreams of our ancestors? Did they dream of survival and escape from an enslaved life? Was it a dream of freedom to live and work where they pleased? Was it a hope for education for their children that was once denied to them?
Did they have humble dreams of equal access to the American dream? A dream of life, love and prosperity?
Their dreams were realized through the blood that courses through our veins. They could only imagine the paths they we have paved. Their dreams continue with the elevated hopes and visions we have for the generations to follow. As our paths have had many challenges, our descendants will also face obstacles. However, we are a people who will continue to realize our dreams for a better future for all humankind.
The African American Quilt Circle of Durham proudly presents an exhibit of quilts and fiber art inspired by the whispers of ancestors to honor the hopes and dreams of a people that history has tried to erase.