Volunteers paint Black Lives Matter mural on Shartel - OKC, OK
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Quick Description: A street mural is being painted in front of the OKC Police Department.
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 6/21/2020 4:31:54 PM
Waymark Code: WM12NER
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:
This large street mural is being painted on Shartel, in front of the OKC Police Dept. A permit was granted for the project. During our visit, we did observe a police officer ask participants to move their cars that were blocking the street.

The mural will eventually expand from 1st to 4th on Shartel. It is am impressive project with many volunteers making it happen.

Article text:

A large Black Lives Matter mural is being painted right outside police headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City.

Those painting the mural told KOCO 5 that it’s going to be different than some of the others that have been up across the country. The group started painting the Oklahoma City mural Monday, saying it has about a week to go before it’s finished.

“It’s also going to say Black voices as well as the movement, and we’re going to have victims’ names and we’re going to have various communities’ flags out here, as well,” organizer Brandon Riles said. “The purpose of this is unity, to bring everybody together.”

The mural also is meant to hold those in power accountable.

“Ultimately, we all need to come together as Americans and get rid of this civic corruption that we’re all combating and facing,” Riles said.

Riles helped organize the plans for the mural and said the group wanted it to be different than the others seen in cities across the U.S.

“We want that individuality. We want Oklahoma to stand out above everybody else,” Riles said.

The mural would give a voice to young leaders like Sincere Terry and those who have been on the front lines of protests since day one.

“For us to be able to do this in front of Oklahoma County and in front of the jailhouse, it makes a big statement because, who else has done it? And we’re not just putting Black lives matter, we’re giving expression to everybody," Terry said.

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Type of publication: Television

When was the article reported?: 6/23/2020

Publication: KOCO

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How widespread was the article reported?: local

News Category: Arts/Culture

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