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“As I painted these words,” says muralist Alannah Vincent, “I thought about all the lives cut short. All the tears mothers have cried and all the families left behind. I went through mixed emotions of pain and anger to being hopeful.” This mural went up late last week.

Artist Alannah Vincent on MLK June 2020ARTIST: Alannah Vincent, an Alabama-born, mixed-media artist who uses acrylics, spray paint, watercolor, oil paint, chalk, pencil, pastel, candle wax and tea in her work. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree in landscape from Auburn University. See more of her work on Instagram.

LOCATION: Outside Sweetroots Hair Bar, near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and James P. Brawley Drive in southwest Atlanta.

QUOTE: “I hope these words serve as a reminder to all who see and who walk up and down MLK that they are seen and valued.”

ET CETERA: To see more of the city’s creative street art, visit Atlanta Street Art Map and ArtsATL’s twice-monthly street art column. If you see a Black Lives Matter-themed work you think we should know about, please email


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