The Creation of #SayHerName Women Of The Black Panther Party Mural
Help us celebrate the completion of the first-ever public art installation honoring the Women of The Black Panther Party and their historic contributions. Hear Jilchristina Vest, organizer of the Women of the Black Panther Party Mural, talk with key team members about the artistic process, significance, and social impact behind this monumental project.
The West Oakland mural honors the #SayHerName Movement and The Women of The Black Panther Party (WBPP), and encourages viewers to learn and say the names of over 300 women who were members of The Black Panther Party.
Jilchristina Vest has been a proud resident of the Bay since 1986 and West Oakland homeowner since 2000. She holds two bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Black Studies, Women’s Studies and multicultural education from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.
Taylor Nicole Price is a filmmaker. Having grown up in Vallejo, Richmond, Berkeley, and Oakland, the Bay Area's radical culture was deeply ingrained into Taylor at an early age. Whether it was stories of her grandmother's migration from Mississippi to Oakland or her dad's experience with desegregating white schools, oral history always made Taylor feel immensely connected to the past and gifted her with a heightened sense of awareness. In 2019, Taylor graduated from New York University as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar with a degree in Public Policy. Taylor's most meaningful experiences while at NYU was studying abroad in Paris with a focus on the Syrian refugee crisis through anthropological research and teaching classes at a juvenile detention facility in Queens, NY.
Rachel Wolfe-Goldsmith is a Muralist, Painter, and Creative Director based out of Oakland California. Adopted and of Nigerian, Jewish, and European heritage her perspective is diverse and unique. With a desire to stay on the move and get real-world experience, she sought education in the form of travel, mentorship, co-working situations, and relationship building. She is interested in shaping culture through large scale imagery. Her compositions are intuitive and often seeks to reflect the culture, moments, and dreams that shape her communities. Her mural practice centers on creating empowering representations of BIPOC individuals while creating learning and economic opportunity for emerging artists. She works between the street and studio, using mediums from oil paint to aerosol. She has produced gallery work and murals across the US, Costa Rica, and Australia.
Ericka Huggins is an educator, leading Black Panther Party member, former political prisoner, human rights advocate, and poet. For 45 years Ericka has lectured in the United States, and internationally, on the principles of racial equity in our personal and work lives, as well as Restorative Practices and the role of spiritual practice in creating social change. Ericka was a professor of Sociology and African American Studies from 2008 through 2015 in the Peralta Community College District, and in California State Universities, East Bay and San Francisco. Ericka is a Racial Equity workshop and Learning Lab facilitator for WORLD TRUST Educational Services. She curates conversations focused on the individual and collective work of becoming equitable in our daily lives, as well as the workplace. Additionally, she facilitates workshops on the importance of Self Care.
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