Convocation Day for Social Justice- FORCE: Quilt making for change in the Makerspace




Today’s Convocation Day for Social Justice was all about taking action in the Upper School. The workshop, facilitated by seniors Dakota and Alex was focused on the work started in their English Course: Peace Non-Violence and Social Justice class taught by Mrs Schmaljohn. Makerspace Program Coordinator Mr Antonio-Barnes and Upper School Science Teacher, Mrs Hicks were on hand to help.

 In the session along with an educational presentation by the PNSJ class about Rape Culture, students were called to take part in a large scale art project to inform the public about the issues of Rape Culture and Consent in our country. By helping FORCE make a massive quilt for their project against rape culture  they hope to build  greater awareness and educating for the community about rape culture in our society.  “The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. In a final display, the Quilt will blanket the National Mall to spell “NOT ALONE.””—FORCE

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The Monument Quilt


Course Description: Peace Non-Violence and Social Justice-

 Through comparative study of the writings of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Thich Nhat Hanh, we will discover the sources and methods of each individual’s non-violent work for peace and social justice. We will also study the work of major non-governmental organizations working for peace in the world and explore the role non-violent resistance has played in times of war and conflict. Reflective and analytical writing will help students to connect this learning to their own life’s work; research will hone students’ skills in analyzing the underlying causes of social injustice and the outcomes of nonviolent work for change. Students will engage in a collective service learning project of their own design through which they will apply and evaluate some of the methodologies of Gandhi, King, and Hanh.


FORCE was the recipient of the highest art honor in the City of Baltimore in 2016.

The Baltimore Museum of Art:

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize  


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