By Christina Luick
The Black Lives Matter movement has moved center stage. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, protests and discussions about racism and police brutality transpired after the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for approximately nine minutes after he was arrested.
The four officers involved have been fired from their jobs and are facing charges.
Many people lately have been trying to educate themselves more about how they can be actively anti-racist to help push this movement forward in hopes of making some change or to make others aware of problems in society.
New Saints Collective is an initiative that was created this year by two friends, Danae Edmonds and Claudia Priego, to provide resources to bring awareness through work and healing.
Edmonds is from Raleigh-Durham, NC and also runs Aspiring Co., a media company for women.
“I found myself often feeling super heavy as a Black woman in America,” according to her bio. “I wanted to think of a way to heal while still taking an active stance.”
Priego is a Mexican-American animator and illustrator based in Atlanta, GA.
“As an artist and storyteller, I believe in my power of using my creativity for good and telling the stories of those who are underrepresented in our world,” she said. “We are here for a short time to spread love and live with compassion to help others rise alongside us, and in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.’ This is what I hope to do with New Saints Collective.”
New Saints Collective began with an idea from Edmonds to make prayer candles. She was planning to ask Priego, who she met while attending college, to help create a design, when Priego posted a Black Lives Matter illustration on her Instagram page.