Thank you, Atlanta Journal Constitution for reporting on one of the highlights happening before the Super Bowl, the mural program that will decorate the city. Here is their report:
June 28, 2018
By Becca J. G. Godwin, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Standing in the shadow of an iconic mural honoring U.S. Rep. and civil rights activist John Lewis, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms listed cultural institutions located on the surrounding streets:
Big Bethel, Ebenezer and Wheat Street — churches where civil rights movements “literally began in the basement;” The Royal Peacock — the former blues club where her parents met.
“It is really important that we have these lasting reminders in our city, of obviously what the civil rights movement means to Atlanta, but also what arts and culture means,” she said during a Thursday morning press conference.
Those lasting reminders will come in the form of “Off the Wall,” an initiative wherein nine artists will create up to 30 public murals related to civil rights and social justice movements. The project is a partnership between the city, the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee and WonderRoot, the arts and advocacy organization partially responsible for the mural on the King Memorial MARTA station.
Chris Appleton, WonderRoot’s executive director, said the project will help shape the city’s legacy around Super Bowl LIII.
“There is no greater legacy than Atlanta’s contribution to the civil rights movement, in particular the black liberation movement of the 1950s and 1960s,” he said during the press conference. “And so, we thought, let’s leverage that moment, let’s leverage our history, the moment that is Super Bowl, to bring together diverse stakeholders to further amplify and elevate the stories of struggle for change and justice in Atlanta and beyond.”