This past week I had the incredible privilege to travel to Memphis for The Kresge Foundation's FreshLo Convening. The event brought together some of the most innovative organizations doing work in the areas of food access, economic development and education. I was soaking up all the ideas and conversation. And, of course, trying to capture it all in graphic recording. 

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Besides the incredible wealth of information-sharing, the cohort of not-for-profit leaders in the room were striving for food and economic equity in their communities. I was listening to capture all the elements of each presentation, but also learning fascinated with the complications surrounding access to resources. Organizations were offering programming and education in the form of gardening, kitchen incubators, business courses, neighborhood grocery stores, kids' cooking classes, and so much more nationwide in all kinds of urban and rural environments. Inequity and lack of resources is not exclusive to any one type of population or region.  

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It was so great to see a familiar face and have Michigan representing with David Zinn as a teaching artist. 

It was so great to see a familiar face and have Michigan representing with David Zinn as a teaching artist. 

Sluggo and friends

Sluggo and friends

I didn't have a ton of time to explore downtown Memphis, but what I did see of it, made me start dreaming about my next visit there. The Civil Rights Museum is an experience that every young person and adult should experience. I was wrought with emotion the entire visit. Although it was gut-wrenching to see what generations of African-Americans have endured in our country and the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's. assassination had me completely choked up, I was grateful to see the care and intent going into keeping this history present. This museum will be a necessity for my son to visit one day, when he can absorb the gravity of it all. 

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Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks

The March on Washington, 1963

The March on Washington, 1963

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Silent, peaceful sit ins of the 1960s. 

Silent, peaceful sit ins of the 1960s. 

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For more information about graphic recording or illustration for your event, contact me at yenazzaro(@)gmail.com 

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