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The Creation of "#SayHerName Women Of The Black Panther Party Mural"

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The Black Panther Party

Photo by Stephen Shames. Courtesy of Jilchristina Vest

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 from Jilchristina Vest, organizer of the Women of the Black Panther Party Mural, and a few key team members talk about the artistic process, significance, and social impact behind this monumental project.
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About #SayHerName Women Of The Black Panther Party Mural

The West Oakland mural honors the #SayHerName Movement and The Women of The Black Panther Party (WBPP). This mural allows every viewer to learn and say the names of over 300 women that were members of The Black Panther Party. This one of a kind, historic 2000 sq ft mural is located on a prominent house in West Oakland, home of The Black Panther Party during the 60s and 70s. Since its inception in June 2020, this project has grown in size from a 100sqft area of the house to now consuming the entire side and back.

About the Speakers 

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. These experiences molded Taylor as a woman and inspired her to use visual storytelling as a way to amplify voices that often go unheard. Her mission when it comes to her work is to actively preserve Black American history and culture and promote radical thought on Black liberation.

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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