Sunday, June 8, 2014

Monday Mural: all power to the people

This West Oakland mural commemorates the Black Panther Party which emerged in the late 60s and endured until the early 80s.  It was a self-determination movement born in West Oakland with a more radicalized agenda than the non-violent civil rights movement of the time.  While it devolved into armed conflicts, it also had a significant impact on the social zeitgeist of the time that moved forward the cause of civil rights for many disenfranchised groups.  Although long dissolved, West Oakland continues to be proud of its history in this movement.

Welcome to Monday Mural:  if you like murals or have a mural you'd like to post, this meme's for you.  Just follow the Linky steps below.  You decide what constitutes a mural.  Once you start looking, you find them everywhere.  Be sure to link back to this blog and visit your fellow posters.  Looking forward to the mural finds posted this week.  

I'll be away for three weeks but the meme will still go up every Sunday (unless I screw up).  Wifi will be scarce so I'm unlikely to be able to leave comments.  Ciao.


  1. Great lesson, great mural, great Oakland!

    I'm IN-

  2. Very cool African feel to it!

  3. This one is beautiful! Love the blue.

  4. Very striking mural, with an African/tribal feel to it.
    Thanks for hosting!

  5. A nice reminder of the old days.
    And it reminds me that we in Israel had a similar movement, inspired by yours. Wikipedia says
    "The Black Panthers (Hebrew: HaPanterim HaShchorim) were an Israeli protest movement of second-generation Jewish immigrants from Middle Eastern countries. They were one of the first organizations in Israel with the mission of working for social justice for the Mizrahi Jews. Saadia Marciano, one of the movement's founders, chose the name "Black Panthers" in 1971 when Angela Davis, one of the African American Black Panthers, came to visit Israel where she met with Marciano, who then adopted the name."

  6. I would not have thought this mural had ties to the Black Panthers. Interesting subject though... and I like the color and design.

  7. A little scary, but grea mural and shot!