Markham Heroes – African-American Leaders Mural Featuring Barrack Obama, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Markham Elementary in Oakland, California, hired me for this education mural to reflect the academic priorities at the school, including the MLK Oratorical Festival where the school had won a blue ribbon the year prior. It includes inspirational African-American historical figures and leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,  Barack Obama, and Rosa Parks. This mural was featured in the HBO Special We Are the Dream that celebrates the MLK Oratorical Festival held annually in the Oakland School District. Also included are “reader development” phrases on the chalkboard. The butterfly in the girl’s hand was inspired by a butterfly art project done by one of the classes. This project was certainly a treat as a SF Bay Area mural painter!