While attending UC Berkeley, Sara Trail created a quilt in memory of Trayvon Martin, and her love for sewing and passion for social justice intertwined. After graduating from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she founded the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to be a platform where youth create art that engages and educates communities.
Through a series of hands-on workshops in schools, prisons, and community centers across the country, SJSA empowers youth to use textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation, community cohesion, and become agents of social change. Many of our young artists make art that explores issues such as gender discrimination, mass incarceration, gun violence, and gentrification.
The January block is designed by Melinda Newton, a sewist, knitter, and designer in Maryland. Her design was inspired by Leland, a SJSA youth artivist from Baltimore, MD.
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