America …freedom, justice, opportunity for all at least that’s what they say
My head pounding “““
“He can’t breathe”
He’s not moving
“He still can’t breathe”
“Lift your knee from his neck so he can finally breathe”
America , commercialized as the land of the free, is now filled with protest and possibility because of me.
by Lauren Fischer
Black Lives Matter Mural
Flint’s Black Lives Matter Mural was painted on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue starting at University Avenue and ending at 4th Avenue, on June 14th, 2020. The project was led by Flint Public Art Project’s Vice President, Sandra Branch, along with Little Miss Flint (Mari Copeny), who worked together on creating the design for the piece. The mural was done in black and white to symbolize unity, and each of the letters which stretch 250 feet in total, are outlined in yellow, the color of Black Lives Matter-Flint. The design incorporates protesters marching on the bottom of each letter. The location was chosen by Sandra Branch because of Flint’s strong ties with Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts in leading the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s.
Throughout the day over 60 community members came out to paint alongside 10 local artist which helped bring the project to life. After the artists established the outline of the lettering, the community completed the letters with the white paint. Later that evening, the artists completed the details to create a truly community lead project. Flint Public Art Project, Black Lives Matter-Flint, The What’s Up Downtown Project, and the City of Flint coordinated the efforts to help realize the project, with funding provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.
As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Genesee County, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint enables people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about – immediately or through their estate plan.
Established in 1988 through the merger of The Flint Public Trust, founded in 1950, and the Flint Area Health Foundation, created in 1978, the resulting Community Foundation combined the strengths of these two Flint institutions.