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Photos and Text by Diane Askew

BLM mural groundOn Friday evening, July 24, several hundred people came out to create Sebastopol’s Black Lives Matter mural. The mural was painted across the sidewalk in the town plaza. It consists of the words “Black Lives Matter,” painted in bright yellow paint. 

Participants at Friday’s event were invited to dip their hands in paint and leave their marks in the empty spaces between the lettering of the mural. The mural and event were organized by the Black Lives Visibility Team, a recently formed group of local students and adults.

In addition to leaving their handprints on the mural, participants were treated to a dance performance by the dancer Nebula and there was also tee shirt silk screening. Social distancing was observed by the participants and free masks were made available.

These photos capture some of the event’s highlights and the peaceful enthusiasm of the participants.
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