The Female Muralists Behind Black Lives Matter’s Most Visceral Imagery


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Five artists from around the country build solidarity with symbolism.

, and local artists like Nakima. From conception to finish, it took 72 hours.
Maleek Loyd
“We created this on the 12th day of protests following the death of George Floyd. I admire the youth that has been relentlessly proving how loudly our voice echoes when we come together peacefully and intentionally. We are still only in the humble beginnings of what change and reform can look like. This art is a performance of activism that allows our city to unify a display of solidarity against the systematic oppression that holds back everyone involved.
Each artist painted a different letter. Nakima (above), who goes by
on Instagram, used water-based, acrylic pavement paint to create the”M”
Devin Lightner
As a Black woman living in the South there are so many layers of my identity that pulled into my inspiration. I am disappointed at the policies that our council continues to hold, despite the fact that they fringe on our rights to protest and hold our judicial department accountable for police brutality. I am disappointed that it takes another unjust murder for the world to hear our generational pain and triumph.

But I am moved at how quickly my city and my community of artists and organizers have gathered. Using art as a vehicle of protest is powerful.
My narrative lives at the intersection of Blackness and Femininity in hopes to provide visual representation that I can only wish I had as a child. At an early age, quite subconsciously we are conditioned to associate Blackness with a stance of trauma, violence, and inadequacy. And while I don’t run away from the errors of law that have been used to oppress our humanity, it’s so important that I use art as a reminder that we remain uplifted, resilient, and divinely intrinsic to this life. When you see my art, you see a reflection of yourself because it carries an ancient, futuristic antidote that resonates beyond color or creed. I grew up memorizing the stories of segregation, poverty, and racism and how we somehow alchemized this into laughter, wisdom, and resource. My art navigates the synergy between color, nonconformity, and transformation on an individual and collective level.”
Sylvia Roman, Houston

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