ARTIST OF COLIN KAEPERNICK MURAL EXPLAINS WHY IT BELONGS IN ATLANTA
When a Colin Kaepernick mural popped up after two days of work in Atlanta on the corner of Lowery and Fair streets in the West End section with him wearing the No. 7, it was surprising, but welcomed. Artist Fabian Williams was painting the mural, people were non-stop honking their horns, almost getting into accidents, and raising fists in support.
Williams believes that Atlanta’s history with black civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy, and many others would make the city a fitting destination for Kaepernick.
“His stance lines up with Atlanta’s civil rights history, and so if anything his presence here would be a good fit, just because of Atlanta’s legacy outside of his ability as a quarterback.” he said. He felt the need to express himself with Kaepernick and saw the building as a blank canvas, realizing on accident the location was near Clark Atlanta University, Spelman, and Morehouse. It worked out just the way he wanted. “I feel like the work also needs to reflect the people that are there,” Williams said. His goal was to do it near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but he couldn’t find a property he would have been able to paint on. But he found a place to make it workand made the West End a little more beautiful, which was one of his purposes. “We should be beautifying our own neighborhoods,” he said. “We need to do it for ourselves.”
Amen to that 🙏🏽✊🏽🎨