Older Adults of Downs United Methodist Tour DeYoung African American Art Exhibit

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By Belva Davis

The Older Adult Ministry of Downs United Methodist Church in Oakland was the first African American Church group to organize a tour of Revelations: “Art from the African American South,” now at the de Young Museum in San Francisco for several more months.

According to curator Timothy Burgard, this collection exemplifies the flowering of an integral–and exceptional–  chapter in the history of American art, one that sheds new light on the diversity and complexity of African American culture in the United States.

The Older Adult Ministry, co-chaired by Adele Ahanotu and Rev. Dorothy Baker, operates its programs and activities with a grant from the Beulah Older Adult Grant Fund, administered by the Beulah Older Adult Committee of California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Women.

People who attended the museum tour with president of the docent’s council Leslie Latham were: Maggie Dunn, Lucille Johnson, Myrna Allums, Mamie Jackson, Rev. Dorothy Baker, Adele Ahanotu, Mark and Bettie DeShay, Carl Saddler, Ruth Vaughn, Zephyr Ward, Zola Hamilton, Sylvia Fortenberry, Lucille James, Rose Mary Towns, Gale Bell, Joe and Mary McKenzie, Celestine Watkins, Sharon Blackburn, Clara Chow, Gloria Edwards, Gloria Bayne, George and Marian Wayfer, Norma Lampley, Deborah Wilson, Skip Coleman, Veronica Taylor, Lottye Clayton, Ivora Peazant, Dr. James Richardson, Lionel Wilson Jr., Margaret Short, Enevia Wilson and Addie Butler.

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