Black Lives Matter mural designed by Glasgow youth group

Members of a youth group in one of Glasgow’s most diverse communities have helped design a mural as part of a show of support with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Monday, 14th September 2020, 7:30 am
Members of the Govanhill Youth Group in front of the new mural they helped design. .

The Govanhill Youth Group was part of the creative process which has led to a host of new murals being sited throughout the south side of the city.

The mural, funded by the Glasgow South Anti-Racism Art Project, was painted by King Listy, an artist and designer.

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Several venues have stepped up to host the murals, with the youth group’s design located at the new Govanhill People’s Pantry on the city’s Cathcart Road.

The design, known as the Govanhill Baths Community Trust mural, incorporates drawings from members of the youth group, who were inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests.

The trust’s manager, Fatima Uygun, said: “The Govanhill Youth Club proudly and unconditionally supports Black Lives Matter.”

In a message on their 
Facebook page, the youth group quotes Rudy Bridges, the first black child to desegregate an all-white school in 1960 Louisiana, who said: “Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it.”

Elsewhere, the Rum Shack venue in the Strathbungo area is now bedecked by a portrait of Benjamin Zephaniah, the prominent black poet, novelist, playwright and musician.

Audrey Hart, the owner of Jodandy’s, a cafe on Pollokshaws Road, chose to celebrate the country’s first black international football player, Andrew Watson.

This project forms part of the Scotland-wide response to the Black Lives Matter movement, including a national mural trail by Wezi Mhura.

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