Murals of the racial equality movement

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth looks at how storefront plywood is being turned into protest art around the country.
5:48 | 09/23/20

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Finally this hour the power of the image artists are taking this moment to harness that power to move other's are capturing the movement by. Churning toward buildings into expressions of art. McCain whitworth reports on how some are seizing this moment turn strolled down the street. Into an art exit. Catching the world's attention thousands of protesters taking to American streets in the aftermath of the and truthfully I'm. Changing the names of those lost over the yeah. Only for police reform social justice and the racial equality. Inmates. Finally agitators and opportunist began attacking buildings and looting stores. Destroying businesses. Many of them having just reopened after shutting down under look at nineteen pandemic restrictions. But to many artists those plain looking plywood boards were bulky. To become a camp. So in that same way that these things that were meant to be defense mechanism. There's now what cool it's now. We're gonna use this as a tool to speak. It's the first things we lay man you know I mean if you afraid of something if you're unfamiliar with something. The first thing you would letting your doors of the. Our brands. And being my photos is in New Orleans based artist who has painted murals and portraits all over the big DC. Including this one and two lane like many other artists he believes he has a duty to be an agent of change. Think artists always have this ability to synthesize the moment. There was this possibility to be truthful tell the truth. And I think what you're seeing all over the world right now are artists that are speaking truth. I think. Truth can be shocking things that think truth can be seen as rebellious at. But true this should always be paid attention to. You know we all have a public service to our communities to our neighborhood so. If you Laurie writers then you need to go out and write about the you know social injustices if you were an artist and the team. Paint was going on you know express everybody just needs to find their way of expressing and two minutes. You know make a change. All over the country artists are using their tools to battle social injustice. So we chose her birthday to create this hero. She would have turned 27. So we decided to accomplices talent and seven hours. At people's all of the community support. Argues it's parents and families in Mets need is there is about our community. It's about representing. The people of color and that's our apples and beautiful. It's about putting an image. That is huge of people who don't usually belong in space that's taking our presence here anticipating that we are still here. As protests have quieted stores and restaurants are opening back up and some are wondering. What to do with the art. Now driving around alleys boards and in OT IBM. ET and be sure it's not. Forgotten art knows he just shut offs are and not excess. Randolph bell is part of a group called black cultures and makes it east oak lenders whose mission is to protect their communities culture. They're negotiating with artists and shop owners to take the protester in preserving. We felt like we need to use our combined infrastructure. We really organized the artwork and then use that as the backdrop for this larger conversation we have only see this is not a moment. It's a movement and so we don't want to get. You know kind of caught up in the art. This is not an art project really this is you know kind any representation. Of the loss of the black life. As important as they have this work because us. We get to control oh narrative and really we are documenting history. Some. Years particularly in looking at. What's happened. And this community and it was mr. It's always provided lens through which these marginalize oasis. Can be heard the Smithsonian is actively collecting and are hiding this. Looking at Israel and the important. Is a history of African Americans social protests we can control. How the world sees us how history will remember us through photography and what was initially birth. Out of fear has become a symbol of hope for many. Creating a new generation. Of artistic activists. Tell me a little bit about how and the most recent black eyes matters in March this inspires. I mean I'm constantly inspire but what I'm seeing in the street Doctor King even spoke about the creative dedicated minority that's when he says. And he was talking about in terms of numbers we sometimes we caught up but having all these big numbers. We said is often the creative dedicated minority that small group that's created that can change the world is a part of a legacy. Resilience. As part of legacy of saying. This is why I'm beautiful. Not give any tell you because I'm tell myself. And reminding us. Our thanks to Cano for that.

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