Concerning Flight | Project Endeavour

Endeavour to try to achieve. From the latin dēbēre – to owe, to pay duty.

Charles Barkley, basketball player has said the following on news radio

“We as black people are never going to be successful, not because of you white people, but because of other black people. When you are black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people. If you go to school, get good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you are not a good black person. There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success––it’s best to knock a successful black person down if they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful.”

There is no colour in space (Vulture, 2014), in reference to the upcoming film Interstellar, featuring an all white cast.

Minorities face several barriers from several walks of life, not just from their in group.  However, we can break through our stereotypes and the borders that exist between us.

From the antiquity period, people have been looking to the stars for answers to worldly questions.  Polaris, the North Star, has guided people north from all walks of life. Sailors, refugees, explorers have travelled by this light.  Regardless of the individual’s ethnicity, socioeconomic standing or choice in music can stop them from using its illumination.

This project is named after Doctor Mae Carol Jemison, the first women of colour to go to space aboard the spacecraft Endeavour. As a little girl, Ms. Jemison states that she always envisioned herself in the far reaches of space.  Jemison was inspired by the fictional character Uhura Nyota of the original Star Trek. Uhura’s name is derived from the Swahili word for freedom.

We have a personal responsibility to become more then what we are. This project will take flight and it is my hope in the spirit of collaboration that together we can create something beautiful.

At York University, we were often encouraged to break down the barriers that exist between disciplines to arrive at a more concrete solution.  Continuing in its direction, project Endeavour is a place where ideas can take flight.  Where artists from disciplines who normally may not work together can be facilitated by technology.

The idea is simple. Art for art’s sake. Writing for the love of words.  Visuals just for the eyes.

Because Together we are Glorious, I ask for nothing more.

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