Artist V.L. Cox's
doors of discrimination — her "End Hate"
installation that has provided the backdrop to Paula Morrell's "Tales from the South"
broadcasts from members of the LGBT community and has been featured on the grounds of the state Capitol — are headed to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, April
18, (National Park Service has changed the date). Morrell will be set up with a table and recording equipment alongside the installation to hear stories of discrimination from visitors to the memorial. Those stories will find a home on the "Tales from the South" website and social media, and perhaps a radio broadcast.
Cox is raising money to get to D.C. through the Go Fund Me
crowd-funding site. Morrell is creating a fund-raising page on her website for her travel, which I'll post when it's up. UPDATE: Here's
In the meantime, "Tales from the South" will do its third LGBT-themed show, this time with Judge Wendell Griffin
, Vietnam vet Charles Cervantes
and a Central High School student
, on April 8 at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fourth St. in Argenta. Tickets are available here
Morrell has also been in touch with the Human Rights Campaign's
headquarters in Washington and may coordinate an LGBT-specific "Tales from the South" with them as well.
This is big. With the signing of the state's "religious freedom" law yesterday, the timing is perfect. National Public Radio has told Morrell it's interested in some kind of involvement. Cox and Morrell will show the nation that not all Arkansans are knuckle-dragging religious pretenders looking for a way to legalize their animus for sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Morrell has been giving Arkansans an opportunity to share their stories of discrimination; now she'll offer that to people in the nation's capital as well.
Help them out, with a contribution to the End Hate crowdsourcing site and Morrell's website.