by Kemel Poindexter multiple artists
2227 N Charles St (Ferris St and N. Charles St)
Multiple artists: Kemel Poindexter, Abdula, Andrea Cunningham, Addul-Fattah, Malig Hazlip, Shyaire Howard, Abdur-Rahman, Malcolm Walker, Michael Williams, Eric Worlds. July/Aug 2013.
We stopped by to get some preliminary information while the artists were still working on this one. Once they've finished we’ll return for more photos to show some of the details.
This is another of the MLK Community Murals, where an artist works with neighborhood kids to do a lot more than create public art. The kids are hired for several weeks to work on the project. In most of the murals done by the MLK organization, the kids have been allowed to do only a little bit in the way of design additions. A small figure or character added here or there... but no major design input. That changed with this project. The artist supervising this mural, Kemel Poindexter, explained that his student artists were each given space to design and create something with meaning to them. There are ten rectangles along the bottom of the mural where those designs are coming to life. But that wasn’t the only design input this group of young artist had. While they were working on this mural they heard the trial verdict regarding the death of Travon Martin and wanted to create a tribute to the teen. The image of Travon Martin is now the centerpiece of the mural and the image of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is going to be moved from the top (where Travon’s hoodie is), to another location on the mural.
UPDATE: When we stopped by on both 11 and 16 Aug 2013 the mural was not yet completed, but several changes in the design had been made. As previously mentioned, the artists had decided that Travon’s hoodie should should be complete and so they re–positioned the image of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
The mural’s theme is civil rights and includes people that have made an impact on that. Some of them have been leaders and inspirational figures. Sadly, some included on this mural are here because they were victims. What happened to them focused the community and/or the nation on the civil rights violations that continue to occur. As we approach the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s
The artists were still adding to the right side of the mural. Kyle Holbrook (founder of MLK Community Murals) explained that the door is the doorway to history. Some of the leaders they’ve included here are Malcom X, Shaka Zulu, and Booker T. Washington.
Along the bottom of the mural is where the kids were given their own creative space.
On the left side of the mural we found the addition of Medgar Evers, a WWII veteran and prominent Mississippi civil rights activist. Mr Evers was known for the sayings:
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