WOMEN OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY MURAL PROJECT – VIRTUAL UNVEILING EVENT
On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th, 2021, the first-ever monument honoring the Women in the Black Panther Party will be unveiled- the #sayhername Women of The Black Panther Party Mural.
Taking place in West Oakland but because of the need for social distance, the entire unveiling event on the 14th will be filmed and presented via live stream. Everyone is welcome and invited to log on at 1 pm PST and witness this unveiling that will not only include images and video of the mural and home but will also include pre-recorded programming created just for this event – interviews with the homeowner, the artists, and most importantly interviews with members of the BPP. This program will be streamed between 45 and 60mins and will be free, public and open for all. To join this event please RSVP here and you will be emailed a link to log in.
Also, accompanying the installation and unveiling of this Mural keep an eye out for an Artivive Oakland tour highlighting various historic BPP locations around the Town. There will be posted photographs at these locations that include a QR code that will activate the images and take the viewer to more information about the location and BPP using the @Artiviveapp. Folks can scan the images and have access to video, images, and fun facts. Please stay tuned for more details and in the meantime downloads Artivive.
This project is in conjunction with the #SayHerName movement, and in response to the continued violence and systematic oppression of BIWOC, and as a result of the chronic blindness towards and seeming invisibility of Black Women, Jilchristina Vest, project founder and leader, decided to assemble a team and install a 2000 sq ft mural…on her house to honor the unknown and unseen heroes of The Black Panther Party. This mural will give every viewer the opportunity to learn and say the names of over 300 women that were members of The Black Panther Party. In many chapters of The Black Panther Party women outnumbered the men 3:1. By the early 70s the BPP members were 70% women. This collection of names that the @westoaklandmuralproject has been collecting since June 2020 will be the most comprehensive collection of names celebrating the WBPP in existence!
Learn more about the the project at www.wbppmural.com