Target: Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio
Goal: Put Black Lives Matter artwork created by students back up on display.
Student artwork depicting images of the Black Lives Matter movement was censored and taken down by the city just two days after it was put on display the Dayton Convention Center. The students researched marginalized groups in U.S. history and created artwork showing past and present treatment of African Americans.
The artwork paid tribute to black lives lost to police brutality. Officials said they received multiple complaints about the works. They claim that because the convention center is a business center that has contracts with different groups, the city has to keep the center politically and socially unbiased.
These students were expressing powerful and relevant images and rather than celebrating this, city officials chose to censor them. Tell the city to stop censoring these students and to put the artwork back on display.
Dear Mayor Whaley,
City officials recently took down student artwork that depicted images of those who have lost their lives to police brutality in order to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Rather than encouraging students to have a voice in social issues, the city chose to censor them.
These images are powerful and a vital expression of a relevant issue in our society today. These students should not be censored and their artwork should not have been taken down. I demand you put the artwork back up and let these students have their voices heard.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Gerry Lauzon