Celebrating Black History Month. February 2008.
To commemorate Black History Month, AT&T has announced the unveiling of a specially commissioned quilt that celebrates the spirit of African Americans and highlights the unique talents of the renowned Gee’s Bend Quilters. The AT&T Gee’s Bend Quilt measures 95 inches by 82 inches. It was created by 46 members of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective and features colors based on the AT&T brand palette.
The artists, ranging in age from 19 to 90, worked together for more than 250 hours to complete the artwork, which is destined to become a part of black cultural history. The quilt symbolizes the individuality of the quilters and their multigenerational approach to African American art and culture. During February, the quilt will tour the U.S. and make stops at AT&T locations in Atlanta; Birmingham, Ala.; Detroit; Los Angeles; Chicago; and St. Louis. The tour will be supported by members of Community NETwork African American Telecommunications Professionals of AT&T, who will provide visitors with the history of the Gee’s Bend Quilters. Ultimately, the quilt will be donated to the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).
“The collaboration with the Gee’s Bend Quilters has given us the unique opportunity to create a piece that will help not only to tell their story but to highlight the important cultural contributions of African Americans,” said Tracy McDade, AT&T associate director of Multicultural Marketing. “As we celebrate Black History Month, we hope this will be a tool that inspires people to preserve and pass on their traditions.”