KATHERINE SARWOPENI ANTARIKSO

CHARLYN GRIFFITH-ORO

KHALIAH D. PITTS
&
NIA MINARD

WIT LÓPEZ

HIDDEN STORIES OF RESISTANCE -

UNEARTHED AND AMPLIFIED

GERMAINE INGRAM

MALKIA OKECH

LAN DINH

YOLANDA WISHER

Consulting Curator

Chronicling Resistance began at Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) in 2018 with two goals:


1) Amplify stories of resistance in Philadelphia’s historic archival collections, and
2) Preserve records of today’s acts of resistance.

To learn more about the project’s life before the exhibition, 
check out resistance.pacscl.org

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition reveals what eight local activists, cultural organizers, and artists unearthed when they dug deeply into the same Philadelphia archives that have historically excluded their voices and perspectives.

Through archival items, rare books, oral histories, and original artwork, Chronicling Resistance counters the systemic erasure of Black, Brown, and LGBTQ+ people from the historical record, breaks silences, and uncovers new ways of understanding and enacting resistance.

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Exhibition on view
Now-January 31, 2023
Parkway Central and South Philadelphia Libraries

Exhibition Locations

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Explore resistance history uncovered by 8 Philadelphia activists, cultural organizers, and artists.

South Philadelphia Library
1700 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Explore the spirit of Southeast Asian resistance history, unearthed by two of the community’s own.

“Our Resistance: A Community Poem”

by the Activist-Curator Fellows, Yolanda Wisher, and Mariam Williams

Our resistance is rooted in
survival
rich, fecund soil
of blood, bones and birth
made from living in tight spaces
our ancestors’ prayers
and composted experience
the minute and the massive

our roots extend to
time beyond time
the other side of the world
an unnamed imaginary
a Black radical tradition
across the earth
in Yemaya’s waters
in tangled birthrights
to names we cannot trace
to a future that is a dream
to those who have not been born yet
who will know us through
what we have left behind

our roots extend to
Nigeria, Kenya, Vietnam, Indonesia
the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, New York
Illinois, Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky
Mississippi, North Philly, The Bottom
Germantown, Nicetown

we plow and till through past and lies to unearth propaganda and truth
through bloody soil to unearth blue/black songs of loss and triumph
to “you have no history” to unearth our own voices
through silence to unearth truth
through gonedays to unearth the here and now
through facile answers to unearth potent questions
through demonization to unearth self-love
through struggle to unearth struggle

we sow seeds of
marvelous wonder and repair
plants grown centuries ago with
seeds of power, light, and meaning
defiance, freedom, and liberation
seeds of confidence, courage, and creativity
self-determination, self-reliance, and sanctity

we grow weary but
we grow anywhere and everywhere
we grow in wisdom incessantly
we grow together. regardless
we grow seeds
the next generation
of truthtellers
through concrete barriers
into best ourselves

and

those who listen
the babies
the placekeepers—

new trees
in Philadelphia
will bear our fruit.

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Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition is generously supported by:

Chronicling Resistance: The Exhibition is generously supported by: