Since George Floyd died at the hands of the Minneapolis police on May 25, Americans seemed to have reached a watershed moment in the tortured history of race in this country. For more than three weeks, a widely diverse coalition of demonstrators has been marching in New York and other cities across the United States and the world, igniting a global demand for social justice, and citing the names of Floyd and other victims of police brutality such as Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Eric Garner as the reason.
This mass movement would have scarcely been imaginable even a month ago, but not only is it changing attitudes on race, it's also literally changing NYC's urban landscape: Streets in the Five Boroughs are being renamed in honor of Black Lives Matter.
The movement has also been transforming the culture. Floyd himself has become an icon, immortalized in tributes of all kinds, including street art. Now, powerfully expressive murals featuring images of him and the others who have shared his fate are beginning to pop up around town on walls and boarded up windows. There will undoubtedly be more to come, but in the meantime, here's a sample of what's out there now.
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Peacefully protesting in the best way I know how. Spreading the word with other incredible artists on the walls of soho. ✊🏿 Located at 54 Greene St @afanyc . . . . . . #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonnataylor #blacklivesmatter #peacefulprotest #protestart #nystreetart #streetartist #portraits #painting #saytheirnames #nojusticenopeace #dpfstudio #afagallery
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