THE DANGER & COURAGE OF PAINTING A BLACK JESUS

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Welcome to “Jesus of the People” by Janet McKenzie. I met her in Albuquerque at a Father Richard Rohr conference and have been in correspondence with her ever since. Fr. Rohr had included the major exhibition of her work as a presentation on equal footing with the talkers. AND NOW THE BACK STORY: Janet submitted this in 1999 to an art contest asking for submissions for “a 21st century depiction of Jesus.” She received hate mail, death threats, and Westboro Baptist Church planned a protest at her rural, small farmhouse ~ but it was cancelled due to a blizzard. Those are the folk who protest at funerals of gay civilians and soldiers they call fag***s at the gravesite in the presence of family and friends of the deceased. This humble, quiet, private artist has more courage and integrity than any artist I have ever met. Visit janetmckenzie.com

One thought on “THE DANGER & COURAGE OF PAINTING A BLACK JESUS

  1. Everyone who watches Biblical movies knows Jesus was white and spoke with a British accent. Seriously, though, this is sad. People should be making better use of their time than protesting artists.

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