News: Largest union in NYC request James E. Davis Exhibit
HAPPY NEW YEAR
District Council 37 (DC37) has requested for the James E.
Davis Art Exhibit to showcase in front of over 1000 union members from all over NYC for Black History Month
Thursday February 12, 2009
6:00pm - 11:00pm
District Council 37
125 Barclay Street
New York, New York
The James E. Davis Art Exhibit will relocate for one day to DC 37 Headquarters to celebrate Black History Month.
Than, it will return to (80 Arts)
The James E. Davis Art Building
80 Hanson Place (off of South Portland Avenue) Brooklyn, NY to complete the exhibition
January 20 - February 27, 2009
Reception: January 19, 2009
(Dr. King's Holiday)
Wednesday - Sunday
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is proud to present the timely and provocative exhibition Remembering the Life & Times of James E. Davis. The James E. Davis Stop Violence Foundation (JEDSVF) in association with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Strong Enough Achievers Foundation (SEAF) and MoCADA have collaborated on a joint effort to bring to the viewing audience rare and never seen before photographs and memorabilia of the late Councilman James E. Davis who grew to iconic levels during and after his lifetime. This powerful exhibition will open to the public on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday (observed), in order to demonstrate the powerful influence that Dr. King had on young people all over the world, who like James E. Davis put Dr. King’s message of peace and hope into practice. The exhibition opening also coincides with the closing reception of the “I AM A MAN” exhibition at MoCADA that was inspired by the 1968 Sanitation Worker’s Strike where Dr. King was assassinated forty years ago.
Councilman James E. Davis was born on April 3, 1962 and died on July 23, 2003, (assassinated inside New York City Hall) at the age of forty-one. His professional life began in the New York City Police Department where he quickly moved up the ranks to becoming an instructor in the Police Academy. During his relatively short life, he revolutionized the peace movement in the turbulent decade of the 1990s in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and all over the world in his travels throughout Africa, the Caribbean and Israel. Although widely considered a pioneer and master of marketing, James E. Davis was also considered a maverick in the political world and often ambitiously and successfully challenged the political “machine”. James E. Davis inspired young people all over Brooklyn, New York who knew first hand that the impossible was in fact very possible with his win to the New York City Council in 2001. This first major US exhibition of Davis' life work shows the evolution of his career and coincides with rare video footage and honorary awards.
Uncannily prescient, Davis shared the sensibility of what became known in Brooklyn, NY as the "Love Yourself /Stop The Violence" peace movement. Inspired by the teachings and work of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, Davis believed that local and universal peace were inseparable. As he travelled the world, Davis inspired generations of peace activist.
Davis going home service was aired live, viewed by millions and attended by over fifty thousand people.