Join us Sunday October 24, 2021
@The Women of The Black Panther Party Mural
Center Street and 9th Street
West Oakland, Ca
Celebrate the 55th Anniversary of
The Black Panther Party
and the unveiling of the Huep P. Newton Bust on The Mandela Parkway.
The Mini Museum will be free all weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
October 22, 23, 24, 2021
The Mural will host a multitude of events throughout the year, every year. Every event will be centered around Black Joy, Black Love and Black Women. These public events located at The Mural will be motivated by the need to preserve and create community, promote justice and and healing and model kindness and generosity.
The inaugural event kicked off with The Unveiling and the Food Giveaway. To honor the BPP’s original People’s Free Food Program the West Oakland Mural Project, with the leadership of the East Oakland Collective, and support from Gold Beams packed up and handed out more than 275 bags of groceries. Thanks to the generosity of Oakland Restaurants and Bay Area-based companies the bags included fresh produce like potatoes, onions, carrots and, when appropriate, each bag even had a whole chicken.
The event brought together organizations, restaurants, neighbors, Oakland natives, friends, and people from all around the Bay and the world to donate time, money, food, and labor to make The Unveiling Event and the Food Give Away successful. For those who couldn’t join us in person Hundreds of viewers from all over the world watched the installation of this historic artistry via a live stream hosted by Micia Mosely of The Black Teacher Project. The online event featured many other speakers, including the homeowner Jilchristina Vest, journalist Alicia R. Mayo, Black Panther Kim Nelson, and the Muralist Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith
Like this one, all events to come will be possible with community cooperation and support. When we come together for one purpose nothing can stop us. Everything about The Mural and this inaugural event let us see just how sexy generosity is.
The #sayhername Women of The Black Panther Party Mural is just one of many beautiful public art pieces celebrating Black Joy and taking up space while Black. The WBPP Mural may be the first public art piece dedicated to the Women of the Black Panther Party but it most certainly won't be the last.