Anti-Racism Resources to Explore

The Modern Quilt Guild is committed to being inclusive by design so that all are welcome. We strive to provide an environment that is free of discrimination of all types, and free of abusive, offensive, or harassing behaviors. All participants deserve to feel safe and respected.

The MQG adopted an inclusion statement in late 2017 and the staff uses this statement as a guideline in all actions and decisions: The Modern Quilt Guild seeks to foster a vibrant and inclusive organization built on encouragement and mutual respect, where all feel welcome. We support the participation of all who are interested in the growth and development of modern quilting and we value the diversity arising from differences that make us who we are.

Our member-driven Diversity & Inclusion Committee developed the corresponding Community Guidelines to inform our actions in creating an equitable and safe community environment. We know we have much more work to do and the work of racial equality is crucial to our mission of creating community in modern quilting.

While the MQG has taken steps over the years to improve inclusivity, the MQG must be a much more intentional platform for amplifying the voices of Black makers and other makers of color. Actions speak louder than words, and we place these words here as a measure of our commitment and accountability. We will update progress toward these goals on a regular basis here on the MQG website.

We are actively working to showcase and support work by people of many communities that are underrepresented in quilting, including Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous makers. We strive towards the inclusion of all cultures and communities in the MQG. Today, we focus this initial set of goals and actions on the Black community specifically.

Goals

Actions

Support organizations that are expert in amplifying and supporting Black artists and Black voices. Donate 100% of the profits from the sale of the new “Better Together” shirt to the National Black Arts and the Social Justice Sewing Academy.
 

Create online fundraising functionality for MQG use. Encourage participating guilds/teams to offer QuiltCon Community Outreach quilts for auction. Donate 2021 proceeds to Women of Color Quilters Network.

Feature Black quiltmakers in MQG content with increasing regularity to the point of being a programming standard. Renew efforts to seek out and invite Black quiltmakers and their work to be featured in upcoming issues of Modern Monthly.
 

Exclusively showcase the work of Black contributors in the 2021 Quarter One issue of Modern Monthly. 

Use the MQG platform to embrace the history and culture of Black textile art
and artists, as well as share anti-racism resources.

Reserve space at future QuiltCons for special exhibits centered around the work of Black artists.
  Reconfigure MQG Teacher Directory to include categories for teachers who focus on African-American quilts, history, and techniques.
  Maintain a page on the MQG site listing websites, books, and other resources for members who are starting or continuing their journey in anti-racism.

 

We hope that you will continue on this journey with us. We have compiled a list, which is in no way exhaustive, of books, podcasts, and articles we all can use to learn more about anti-racism. Knowledge is power. Stay informed and please feel free to share ideas for future actions with us at [email protected] And as always, keep on quilting.

Books

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • But Some of Us Are Brave by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull, Patricia Bell-Scott, and Barbara Smith
  • Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
  • Good Talk by Mira Jacob
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (fictional but it still can expand the reader’s frame of reference)
  • Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming
  • Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Podcasts

  • Codeswitch from NPR
  • Intersectionality Matters from The African American Policy Fund and Kimberlé Crenshaw
  • Pod for the Cause from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Articles

Organizations

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