Teams of painters and artists gathered for a second day on Thursday to paint a "Black Lives Matter" mural in the middle of a street that passes federal buildings in lower Manhattan. (July 2)
ARIES DELA CRUZ: So today is the second day of painting a giant Black Lives Matter mural. Each word we provided to an artist, a black up-and-coming artist or muralist. To my right is the Federal Plaza, which is the headquarters of the Trump administration here in New York City. We're also next to the Thurgood Marshall Federal Supreme Court House, which Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American Supreme Court justice. As monuments to bigotry and oppression fall all over the United States, it's time for us to start building new ones.
SOPHIA DAWSON: So my name is Sophia Dawson. I am a visual artist. I was asked to design one of the words, and I chose the word "Lives." This is the letter L. I chose to feature mothers of victims of police brutality. Here we have Lezley McSpadden, who is the mother of Michael Brown. Here we'll have a young George Floyd being cradled in the arms of his mother. I hope that people are inspired.
This-- this particular area is frequented by people who work in these courts, judges and lawyers who are for the people and who are not. It's kind of like this-- this cycle of not so great things that happen in this area. And so I think the mural is a very strong and powerful contrast and combats the oppression of some of these buildings and some of the things that have happened in these buildings historically.