Of special and timely interest in November’s New Collections are photographs from an exhibit, A Seat at the Table, held in 2019 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. This colorful and compelling exhibit was inspired by the pioneering firebrand Shirley Chisholm’s call for greater involvement of women, people of color and other activists in policy decision making. “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Indeed, Shirley’s chair is a bright yellow folding chair. Conceptual artists created chairs to represent other voices, some from current times such as Congresswomen Ayanna Presley and Deb Haaland, and actress Yara Shahidi. Others depict heroes of the past like abolitionist Lucy Stone, and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. See all 24 images here.
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate – A Seat at the Table (24 items)
Boston Public Library – Charles J. Connick Records: Gouaches (1 item)*
Boston Public Library – The Liberator (Boston, Mass. : 1831-1865) (837 items)*
Malden Public Library – Malden Houses (286 items)
Uxbridge Historical Society – Child Support Bond (1 item)