On Friday, March 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, students from SPHS hosted a call-to-action picnic for a proposed Black Lives Matter Mural. There were about 100 attendees of all ages at the event, which was hosted near the rose garden in Garfield Park. The event had guest speakers, which included local community members, Stefani Williams, an educator and member of the Anti-Racism Committee, the artist of the mural, Zach Brown, leaders of the Black Student Union at SPHS, Lyric Limqueco and Skye Harris, and the four students working on the mural, Lulu Talesnick Lopez, Maya Turun, Noah Kuhn, and Alexa Morales.
There was also an opportunity for attendees to write why they supported the mural on poster boards. Community members passed out buttons depicting people included in the mural and flyers with a QR code of the mural’s website. A local group of drummers known as The Peace Players played at the event. Organizers called the event “incredibly meaningful and impactful as it allowed us students to meet many of our supporters for the first time. It was our first in-person event regarding the mural in over 21 months of community organizing.” Read the story of the mural at SouthPasadenan.com. For more information on the mural and the figures depicted visit the website at https://sites.google.com/view/antibiasclubblmmural/home