As I began studying my first panel of Floyd C. Parker, Jr. I noticed that it was more than just what met the eye. With much research, this panel that was seen as plain started to tell a story of Parker, Jr. Once, I chose my second panel I found a connection between the two. Both Parker, Jr. and Pastor Charles Krimmel were avid influencers who made a difference in their community by being inspirational leaders who welcomed everyone with open arms
Although these two men were influencers in different communities and in opposite ways, there’s no doubt that they left a mark on anyone who they made contact with. Parker, Jr. was a member of the UNC Educational Foundation, he was the videographer of these popular basketball games while also being a huge Tar Heel’s fan. He made many connections while working with this program so there’s no doubt he is missed and still well respected. Pastor Charles F. Krimmel was also well respected, as he taught his congregation in the way they should go. Pastor Charles’s panel consists of an entire quilt dedicated to him. This can show how much of an impact he left behind, his legacy still lives.
The first case of AIDS was in 1983, at that time majority of people grew frantic, because there wasn’t much prior knowledge of how the disease was spread. Some people thought that once they contracted this deadly disease they were going to either die or be contained in a cell so that they wouldn’t spread it to others. Many people believed that by touching or rubbing against someone with AIDS they were now newly infected, there are way more stipulations than just that. Others thought that it could never happen to them nor their favorite public figure, but that is not the case neither. Public figures getting this deadly disease has brought the topic to the light, something most try putting on the back burner because it is seen as a taboo topic. Once Magic Johnson, a popular NBA player, Floyd C. Parker, Jr. and Pastor Charles F. Krimmel contracted this, the people who looked up to these three men shifted thoughts. They wanted to understand more and became very supportive towards their loved ones. When public figures contract AIDS are they treated with the same respect they had before this disease as opposed to individuals living a regular life?
The first case of AIDS was in 1983, at that time majority of people grew frantic, because their wasn’t much prior knowledge to how the disease was spread. Some people thought that once they contracted this deadly disease they were going to either die or be contained in a cell so that they wouldn’t spread it to others. Many people believed that by touching or rubbing against someone with AIDS they were now newly infected, there are way more stipulations than just that. Others thought that it could never happen to them nor their favorite public figure, but that is not the case neither. Public figures getting this deadly disease has brought the topic to the light, something most try putting on the back burner because it is seen as a taboo topic. Once Magic Johnson, a popular NBA player and Pastor Charles F. Krimmel contracted this, the people who looked up to these two men shifted thoughts. They wanted to understand more and became very supportive towards their loved ones. When public figures contract AIDS are they treated with the same respect they had before this disease as opposed to individuals living a regular life?
II. Section 1
The scare of AIDS, hindered many people from going to get tested or to learn much of anything about this disease. Instead they lived in fear of being judged and dying. When people they cared about began contracting AIDS, that is when it became a more sensible topic. This opened up many conversations about this disease.
III. Section 2
Most people think, “It could never happen to me”, but this is not true by far. People living normal lives are at risk just as much as a public figure, it only takes one time. The difference is, those people living normal lives may have not left a major impact on other lives, so once they contract AIDS they are no longer accepted.
IV. Section 3
Pastor Charles has an entire quilt dedicated to him, and it was made by his congregation and other loved ones. Oftentimes, when someone dies from this disease they are only given a panel on the quilt because only one person made it in memory of them. This shows that although the cause of his death was because of a disease, his legacy and impact still lives.
V. Conclusion (Summary Next Steps; tie it into purpose)
When public figures contract AIDS they are treated differently than those people living normal lives. Some, like Magic Johnson publicly confessed and although it took time, he has now been accepted again. Those who live normal lives may still be accepted but most of the time in their case, their family cuts them off, and they are only left with the spouse or sexual partner, if even them.
During my search of a second quilt I decided to choose a being who played a major role in his/her community. I stumbled across Pastor Charles F. Krimmel’s panel, this panel was different than many others that I have searched due to the fact that the entire quilt was dedicated to him. This can show a lot about his influence even after getting infected. When public figures contract AIDS are they treated with the same respect they had before this disease as opposed to individuals living a regular life?
Each panel was made by someone different than the other, considering he was a pastor, the children may have had a panel to create theirselves.
Regardless of what decision he made, his congregation stood beside him throughout the tough times, showing that they never lost respect for their former Pastor.
Although, individuals living a regular life are just as important, they usually only get less than 1/6 of an entire quilt. This usually happens due to only one person speaking out about their loved out one.
Depending on the public figure, their lives live on with the people who’s life they made a difference in. They will keep their respect and dignity while also making the AIDS disease more known to research.
During Wednesday’s class time, we were given a set of items in a plastic bag. With these items we were asked to make something, my partner and I had different ideas of what the figure in the above picture was. I’d call it a spinner, because if you spin the green item the flag will begin to wave as if it is a race, while the cups remain still. We decided to poke a small hole into the mini red Solo cups so that we could attach the spinner and flag to them. The spinner and flag already had holes so no further reconstruction was needed. Using the fuzzy yellow string to attach all of the items. Although, we used 5 items total, we left out a few, the straw, wooden clip, and two plastic bags. These items could’ve been traded but others didn’t see it fitting in their ideas either.
Williams, Gabriel. “Primary Sources Description 2.” Post Script Reverie Blog, 2017. http://postscriptreverie.gsucreate.org/source-descriptions/primary-source-description-two-gabrielle-williams/
Gabriella Williams is very descriptive of her panel giving a visual representation, since she didn’t add pictures until after the Framework subtitle.
She uses pictures to give actuality to the words she described initially, also detailing every unique thing about the panel including things that may be missed during the initial look of it.
She wants her readers to be informed on the quilt as if each reader was there physically with her, so she goes into great detail about each item.
The intended audience is readers and viewers of the quilt, while not leaving out those who aren’t as aware of the NAMES Project but are interested in learning or researching those who lost their life to AIDs.
Those who are interested in researching about AIDs and it’s effect on not only the person, but their family and friends would find this valuable.
A primary source is information that can be but not limited to artifacts and documents that were created during the time of the event taking place. A secondary source is information that include documents and can as well be artifacts, but the information received will include primary sources that isn’t gathered by the author that the reader has chosen. In my final project, I will be using primary sources only. I was lucky enough to choose a panel that included photography and a letter from a beloved friend. I have not came across any secondary sources for this project as I feel confident that with the sources provided I will be able to give my readers a visual of Floyd. My project will be considered a secondary source since I didn’t meet Floyd and the information I give will be based on his friend who made the panel for him. Floyd’s friend is the primary source because he was there experiencing life with him, even though his views of him can be bias because of their friendship. If the information he has provided is bias it will lead to my final project being the same, as I only know what I am researching. The good thing about primary sources is that they tend to not be as bias a secondary sources, this is because the more authors researching a topic the more opinions that will be included. Both can be equally bias but if the secondary source is bias with the already bias primary source it can cause the researcher of both sources to have some invalid information. Since I will only be using what was provided by the friend of Floyd and not being bias when completing my assignment, it will be a good secondary source to others who may want to know more about this panel.
Panel: Floyd C. Parker, Jr.
Block Number: 4363
Block featuring Floyd C. Parker, Jr. Top left corner of the panel
Located on the left side of the panel in the middle
Image of him and his camera.
The phrase located at the top of the panel.
Image of him and his dog playing. Image of him and his friend.These words are featured under the picture of him and his friend and him and his dog.
What initially caught my eye about this panel, were the colors that were featured into it; navy blue background and baby blue writing. The choice of the dark navy blue helped the words and phrases catch the eyes of onlookers much more easier. This panel gives us a look back into the interests of Parker Jr., he was a big Tar Heel fan from his birth til his death as this was the phrase :”I’m a Tar Heel Born, I’m a Tar Heel Bred and when I Die… I’m a Tar Heel Dead”, it was a cut out of all capital letters in the light blue color. Pictures of him are also featured these pictures were placed on top of a red rectangular cut out, with him hold up a camera which shows his interest in photography and videography, him and his friend who made the panel, and another with him playing with his dog. “A special friend” was written in a fire red cut out of all capital letters. All of the words in this panel used the same fabric just in different colors to make it pop enough for others to want to know Parker Jr.’s story.
I’ve always known of the Tar Heels basketball team as I am a fan as well, when reading the letter his friend sent in with the panel I realized he was speaking of the basketball team as well. Initially I thought it was just something he was referred by since he was younger. His birthday is a day before mine, meaning he’s a Gemini, I do alot of research on astrology and I believe that is why I was draw to this panel. We have many things in common as he likes videography, photography and dogs as well. I’m sure as I began to read more into his story I will uncover more interesting facts about him.
My partner brought an item in which I am unfamiliar to, it reminds me of a miniature flag as the dimensions of it are 4 inches by 6 inches. The colors it is painted are gorgeous as one is a primary color; red and the other is a secondary color; orange as well as the colors sliver and gold. The quality of this item is very rich as you can tell the maker of it used thick quality fabric in order for it to withstand many events; wear and tear, other everyday handling. At first glance the item looks as if it could be placed in a car possibly under the rear view mirror, so that it could be shown off to bystanders. The reason I believe this is true is because it has a suction cup at the end of the beautiful gold wired strings. The suction cup can be taken off and the gold string can be used as a flag in a parade by wrapping it around a straw or small colored stick. It has the word Laos written across the front and back. I am sure this is the name of a country and possibly Kathy’s origin country or at least her elder family, I’ve seen this name once before which was in my Advanced Placement World History class. I wonder what’s the history on this country as we spent less than half a class period discussing it. I’m by far intrigued with this item and would love to know more about it and the actual meaning it has to my fellow peer.
Phajja: The object you brought in is it meaningful to you and your family or just you?
Kathy: My family holds it near and dear to our heart.
Phajja: Does it have something to do with your ethnicity?
Kathy: Yes, it represents the country I’m from which is Laos.
Phajja: Can it be reproduced or recreated?
Kathy: Yes, this flag I have represents the freedom flag which is ironic because my country actually has a communist form of government.
Surprisingly, I was right about my initial guess the item Kathy brought in was a flag that has a lot of meaning to her and her family. The flag represents freedom which is ironic because the country Laos has a communist form of government located in Southeast Asia. She stated that the flag is a reminder not to take things for granted, as she is grateful she did not have to experience what her parents did because they brought her to the United States.
The AIDS Quilt has the names of those who passed away due to their fight against AIDS. The quilt can also be metaphoric in the fact that it is consider a comfort and the families who had a family member pass because of AIDS did receive comfort in knowing that they will always be remembered. Each piece is unique to the deceased person, so no two pieces are identical because either a family or friend created it for that special lost one. My heart goes out to the newborn who was only six months when she lost her fight, this goes to show that anyone can have AIDS no natter your gender, age nor class. This quilt brings family and friends from all over the world to remember their lost ones, it gives them the opportunity to console with others which helps them to know that they aren’t alone. It is a part of activism, it was created to keep people aware of this deadly disease while also available for viewing to those who may not have lost a loved one but instead to allow them understand that even though they haven’t lost someone their are hundreds of thousands that still have. It can be seen as material culture, it’s becoming a ritual for some families to visit the quilt even though the quilt is ever changing, it gives them the chance to cope with what has happened.