Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Lisa D Show with Melissa Blount

In this interview we talk about a community arts activism project Dr. Melissa Blount, PhD is creating in Evanston, the Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. The public is invited to create this quilt together during M.E.E.T. Social Justice Sewing Circles this spring and will be on display this June in Evanston. Click here to RSVP for the next sewing circle.

From the invite: Please join MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) as we work to expand and highlight the Black Lives Matter movement here in Evanston. Recently our community was fortunate to have in our presence Seneca artist Marie Watt at Northwestern University's Block Museum. On two occasions she brought our community together around issues of equity through participatory sewing circles.

In that spirit, MEET wants to continue gathering our community to engage in social justice handwork activities and create what we are calling a Black Lives Matter Witness Quilt. We want to honor and draw attention to the lives of Black women and girls lost to violence in Chicago by incorporating their names into our community quilt.

We also discuss Melissa's work with community groups in Evanston, MEET (Making Evanston Equitable Together) and OPAL (The Organization for Positive Action and Leadership).

Melissa Blount is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Blount has spent over twenty years studying human behavior, specifically interested in the way racism, gender and class impact physical and psychological outcomes for communities of color. She lives in Evanston with her husband and her precious and precocious tween girl.

Learn more about Melissa at


 The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted at

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