064_LA_NoniOlabisi_ToProtectAndServe1996

To Protect and Serve, 1992

By Noni Olabasi
Moe Hair Salon
3406 11th Avenue
Los Angeles

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Olabisi is a muralist whose work deals with civil rights.

ABOUT THE MURAL

This history of the Black Panther Party was originally selected as one of SPARC’s Great Wall Unlimited: Neighborhood Pride Murals. However, after opposition and political the conservative City Arts Commission, the mural was turned into an independent project and funded with private donations. The left side focuses on personal and institutional racist violence toward African-Americans. Depicted are images of the Klan and Bobby Seale bound and gaged, as he was during the Chicago 7 Trail of the late 1960s–above him is judge Julius Hoffman who presided in that case. Huey Newton and Angela Davis are also portrayed. The right side of the mural emphasizes the Panthers’ social projects, such as the Free Breakfast Program. From the mural: We want an immediate end to POLICE BRUTALITY and MURDER of Black People! We want land, bread, housing, education, clothing, justice and peace. All power to the people! A special thanks is offered to Hair Expressions and the community for their war and loving support.

CURRENT CONDITION

This mural has faded and suffered delamination and light graffiti damage.

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