Joyce Scott's Maryland Institute College of Art 2018 Commencement Speech | MICA

Joyce Scott's Maryland Institute College of Art 2018 Commencement Speech | MICA



thank you all the last time I adapt someone the photographer said that's just not right I am I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the audience and every on one on the stage for conferring this wonderful honor upon me I am very honored and I'm very humbled to be back at my alma mater once again to receive this doctorate yes my friends have asked if they have to call me a doctor and I rethought it because of all the drug that would happen after they did yes I am Joyce J Scott around the way girl from Baltimore Maryland sandtown whose parents were sharecroppers in North and South Carolina and who now today stands before you not only as an honorary Doctorate but a MacArthur and I say that that happened because of all the people who took care of me this was not something that I did on my own I say right now thank you and I say to my parents and my god parents and grandparents and everyone who supported this little girl little Joyce from Baltimore and one of the places was the Maryland Institute College of Art this institution has evolved into one of the top institutions in the United States and that was not only through the hard work of the people you see on the stage and the people who came before them but because of you the students are the ones who carry the flag of the Institute from this institution you are the ones who make all of this work you're the ones who carry the ability and wait when I talk about ability I talk about the arts of social justice we are living in the time of the artist now of the maker yes we have politicians and preachers and everybody else but as mr. Margolin said excuse me dr. Margolin said we now have the ability through technology and our owned wit and power to help change this world and for me the way to do it is the old-fashioned way true activism one person at a time my undergraduate degree was in education it's good I want you to know that I never actually taught in a public school for a long period of time because I realized I'd be a 700-pound alcoholic if I did so you are definitely stronger than I in true heroes but I realized in my working in my teaching and my traveling and my talking about myself as an artist and as an african-american woman and educator I realized the way that I was making the biggest difference was to hope that my artwork which is about these issues and my very being talked about justice and equality for all one on one that's the way we're going to win this world folks it is the way that you're going to show your real power your prowess it's the way you're gonna get out and do the thing by doing your artwork being true to it and sharing it with others so I say to you this person who is so filled with great joy right now birds in the sky you know how I feel Sun in the sky you know how I feel breeze driftin on by you will well you know how I feel it's a new day it's a new life it's a new life for you and you're feeling [Applause]

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