OAKLAND-Turning a community's outpouring of emotion into art, Miguel "Bounce" Perez created a tribute to Oscar Grant and other victims of police brutality on a building in downtown Oakland the night before the two year sentence was delivered for the transit cop who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Grant's death.
The building at 1701 Broadway is the home of youth organization and production company Youth Radio, which has been covering the story for almost two years. In July, when the verdict was announced, many businesses in the downtown area boarded their windows. Youth Radio invited muralists from the group "Trust Your Struggle," to paint on its boards, and the group created an iconic picture of Grant's face that supporters of Grant's family replicated for Facebook avatars and tribute posters.
The new mural, created by Perez in just hours, also has a rendering of Grant's face. Check out the video to hear him describe how concepts from Youth Radio students contributed to the rest of the piece.