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                             NOELLE LORRAINE WILLIAMS

Noelle Lorraine Williams is an artist whose life's work exemplifies her continued interest in engaging people in conversations using art, history and contemporary culture, as well as writing about the ongoing spiritual crisis in the United States.

Do You Love Me Bruce?  

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2017


Currently, moving through the story of Eloise Spellman.  A woman murdered by the National Guard in her home during the 1967 Newark Rebellion.  She had 11 children.


Reading through several depositions I desired to "hear" and "look" for Ms. Spellman's voice.  In none of the depositions did I hear her "voice" until reading the one of her teenage son.


In it he quotes his mother as saying in her delirium after being shot in the neck "Do You Love Me Bruce? Do you love me Craig?" in that moment she explodes the restrictive (and damning) static notion of "41-year-old Black welfare mother with 11 children" and he helps his mother to reclaim her humanity in a historical archive.


I continue to explore  and seek her story.