Our Legacy

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Our Legacy

The Holidays' Legacy commemorates the organization's 40th Anniversary (2001) and honors its founders. This work of art, entitled The Holidays' Legacy, depicts the Holidays, Incorporated tradition of friendship and the game of bridge. On the wall to the right are the organization's founders: Florence Creque, Bessie Allen, Demerice Erwin and Bernice Murrell of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On the left wall is a photograph of Barbara Davis who formed the Charlotte, North Carolina Chapter; on the second row, underneath the founders, is Nellouise Watkins who founded the Greensboro Chapter. At the table, India Martin Harris, a charter member of the Atlanta chapter is shown playing cards with founder, Florence Creque. These women are depicted for beginning a national movement that now consists of 25 chapters throughout the United States. The organization was honored for its civic and social achievements by the Mary McLeod Bethune Museum in Washington, DC where their memorabilia is reposited.
Other symbolic elements of the painting feature the Holidays' logo - a winning hand. Frames on the wall entitled Labor Days refer to the affectionate name given to the husbands and Everydays, the term of endearment accorded to the Holidays children. On the side table are two floral arrangements with the Holidays' flowers and colors: Holly (winter green),Violet (lavender), Rose (pink), Chrysanthemum (yellow/ gold), Delphinium (blue).

The artist, Steve Allen, is the 'Official Artist for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games' hosted by the City of Atlanta. He has subsequently presented two commissioned pieces at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China, as well as a work in celebration of the Federated States of Micronesia's inaugural participation in the Olympics. Mr. Allen was endorsed by the Major Baseball League to create a painting celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Baseball Great, Henry 'Hank' Aaron's record-breaking Home Run 715. He created the original artwork for he Patricia Roberts Harris Black Heritage Stamp and the definitive portrait of Dr. Johnnetta Cole, which hangs at Spelman College. He has received numerous awards for his highly regarded work.