Sunday, January 22, 2017


By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
"The Alabama Window" by John Petts at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was designated as a national monument last week by President Obama.
In one of President Barack Hussein Obama's final acts, he officially designated the new Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. Today's art news of the week is a stained glass window that was installed in 1965 in a historic black church on that site. Known as the "Wales Window for Alabama," it shows a black Jesus, his chest thrust out and arms outstretched on a cross, the right-hand pushes away hatred, while the left offers forgiveness. A rainbow halo reflecting America's diversity frames his head.
President Barack Obama
It is a black figure created by a white artist in 1963 upon hearing the horrific news of a Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four young black girls attending Sunday school. The artist, John Petts responded to racial hate in America with his craft. To see it for yourself, go visit the 16th Street Baptist Church, or purchase a photograph at

In 1963, Rev John Cross points to the damage at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama
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