A Race Against Race

By Carol Burnside - Curious Priest and Quilter for Racial Justice

2024 Black History Month Celebration

A Race Against Race Quilt Series

Free Art Exhibit, Open To All, Come As You Are

Event Dates & Times:
February 3 - 25, 2024
Mondays - Fridays
 10am - 12pm & 6pm - 8pm
 1pm - 6pm
 12pm - 4pm

Event Location:
St. John's Episcopal Church
114 N. Union Ave.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078

Meet The Curious Priest and Quilter for Racial Justice
Saturday February 3, 2024 from 4pm - 6pm
Saturday February 10, 2024 from 4pm - 6pm
Saturday February 17, 2024 from 4pm - 6pm

A Race Against Race is a series of anti-racism message quilts that God called me, a quilter and priest, to make in response to the rampant killing of Black men and women, primarily by law enforcement officers and others not usually held accountable, in the United States of America, “Land of the Free,” and “Home of the Brave.” I clearly heard the call as an answer to my prayer, “What can I do?!?!?” That was shortly after Sandra Bland died in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop for not signaling when she pulled to the side of the road to make way for the police vehicle behind her. Her death was ruled suicide. I do not believe that she killed herself. I don’t think many people do. All of this happened about three months after Freddie Gray died in a hospital in Baltimore, from injuries received during a “rough ride,” while handcuffed, in a police van. He had not been breaking the law when he was arrested. He had simply run at the sight of police because he was scared.

A race is a part of a sewing machine. A race is what we are on when our actions are urgent. Race, as applied to human beings, to separate and categorize, is not scientifically valid. My quilts are a race, with my sewing machine race, to fight against race to save lives.

~ Carol Burnside - Curious Priest and Quilter for Racial Justice