“Liberty Marches” by Susan Bianchi
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
On Jan. 21, 2017, the Women’s March took place around the world in protest of the character and policies of the 45th president of the United States of America. Women and men marched in support of many issues including liberty for all human beings.
The symbol of our country’s freedom commonly known as the Statue of Liberty is actually entitled Liberty Enlightening the World. Libertas carries a torch in her right hand lighting the way forward, a tablet in her left inscribed with the date of our declared independence, and a broken chain at her feet symbolizing abolition. I imagine her on Jan. 21 wanting to march but knowing how much more important it is to hold high the symbols of freedom. She invites more than 100 marchers from all over the world to make the signs they march with a part of her. Emblazoned with their words, she re-enlightens the world.
We can help. The fabric of liberty is imperfectly woven together. Sometimes it frays and unravels and hangs by a thread. We can strengthen the cloth. Working together, marching together, we are liberty.