SAT. NOV 19, at 3PM | Peace Cafe with Kelly E. Navies, Oral Historian, National Museum of African A
Sandy Barrett Hassan, a native Washingtonian, began quilting in the 1970s by making crib quilts for her daughters and gifts for friends and family. In 1984, she joined the Daughters of Dorcas, a D.C. chapter of the National Quilting Association, and in 1994 she became a member of Uhuru Quilters.
Sandy’s fiber art has been exhibited in galleries and museums and throughout the metropolitan area including the Smithsonian, the Sumner Museum, and the Corcoran Art Gallery. Her quilts are included in two books – Communion of the Spirits by Roland Freeman and Spirits of the Cloth by Carolyn Mazloomi. “Free South Africa,” made in the mid 1980s, is described as “vibrant and exuberant” in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. Sandy was commissioned by the District of Columbia Historian to make pictorial quilt blocks commemorating historic sites for the DC’s bicentennial celebration. Sandy’s home studio was featured in a nationally televised segment of “B. Smith with Style.”
Kelly E. Navies has an undergraduate degree in African American Studies with an emphasis in Humanities from UC Berkeley, and an MLIS from Catholic University. In addition, while a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, she trained at the Southern Oral History Program and was one of the Western North Carolina Coordinators of the statewide “Listening for A Change Program” (1999). Her research and oral history work focuses on community histories and narratives of segregation. Prior to joining the NMAAHC in January 2016, she held the position of Librarian and Oral Historian in the Special Collections Department of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Public Library in Washington, DC, where she most recently coordinated the U Street Oral History Project. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in the California Bay Area, she and her daughter have lived in Washington, DC for the past ten years.Kelly E Navies is an Oral historian, librarian, cultural heritage specialist, mother, and writer.