When George Floyd was murdered a year ago, Bay Area community leaders, artists and activists came together at the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) to paint the words “Black Lives Matter” on Fulton Street across three blocks between Webster and Octavia. On the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death this week, the group reunited to restore the street mural, listen to live music and speakers, browse the outdoor gallery and connect with fellow community members.
Here/Say asked attendees to reflect on whether the Black Lives Matter movement has created lasting change.
Phelicia Jones, Founder of Wealth And Disparities In The Black Community
“George Floyd’s murder sparked a national outcry which is important, but San Francisco’s citizens should also look at what is happening in their own backyards with this movement as it relates to Black and Brown people dying at the hands of police. Mario Woods, Luis Gongora Pat, Alex Nieto, Jessica Wiliams. You could just go on naming people. And as for the officers, they just go back to work. They get their pensions. They get their vacations. It’s the Black community that suffers. This pain exists for us, whereas life goes on for the officers.”