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"Ordinary people with extraordinary visions can redeem the soul of America..."

                     - John Lewis

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other works

Murals/Poems On Glass

Murals/Poems On Glass

Poems on glass featured on the Cunningham Township building in Urbana IL.

African Dolls Flag

African Dolls Flag

Display of works by local African American artists at The Common Ground Food Cooperative. Located in Urbana IL

Seeds of Injustice

Seeds of Injustice

An installation art piece originally in the Randolph Street Community Garden, it now resides in the Spurlock Museum on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Trashion design

Trashion design

Part of the Resist 2.0 art showcase at the IMC (Independent Media Center), emphasizing creating fashion from that which others would consider trash, or at least recycling.

Ja Nelle and Students

Ja Nelle and Students

Recipient of a 2020 Ace Award for teaching under-served students ballroom dance and then showcasing what they learned in a competition at Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana IL.

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Ja nelle Davenport Pleasure

I create works of art that have great meaning to me and allows me to share my heart with the world. To be vulnerable in a world such as ours is daunting, yet provocative at the same time. I want to create the extraordinary out of what others deem ordinary. As a black woman, artist, poet, dancer and mother, I want to educate, empower, and encourage everyone to think outside themselves and the boxes we create. To tell a story that sparks memories and drives others to create from their own visions and stories.

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