This quilt was commissioned by Bennett College for Women and presented to Ms. Oprah Winfrey in the fall of 2006.
"Da Roots" are signatures of professors and alumni as well as students signifying the importance of having a solid foundation or roots in education. Since it is common knowledge how much Ms. Winfrey values education I felt this would be the catalyst for the art.
On the right side you will see Ms. Winfrey & Mr. Stedman Graham on the park bench with Ms. Winfrey reading The Color Purple, one of my all time favorite books & movie.
To the left you will see the young women of Bennett, the Bennett Belles in the school color approaching the elders, the griots/storytellers That will impart knowledge & wisdom to them with dewdrops of wisdom sparking in the leaves of the Learnin'Tree.