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Afrocentric Art Installation

A mural dedicated to inspiring Black Canadians has been completed at the Davidson Centre track and field shed. It's dynamic, colourful, and celebrates Black Canadian heritage, history and continued contributions.

Who's on the mural?

Afrocentric mural by Phillip Saunders featuring Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse

Canadian sprinter, 7-time Olympic medalist and now gold medalist in the 200 meter.

Afrocentric mural by Phillip Saunders featuring Oscar Peterson

Oscar Peterson

Eight time Grammy award winning legendary jazz pianist.

Afrocentric mural by Phillip Saunders featuring Portia White

Portia White

A contralto known for becoming the first black Canadian concert singer to achieve international acclaim. 

Afrocentric mural by Phillip Saunders featuring Dr. Eugenia Duodu

Dr. Eugenia Duodu

CEO of Visions of Science network for learning, who is committed to empowering low income communities through the STEM program. 

Why do we need an Afrocentric Mural?

We all want a community where residents and visitors feel safe, respected, and comfortable in being themselves and expressing all aspects of their identifies. We want a community where each and every person feels accepted, connected, free of barriers and has a real sense of belonging.

So if we all want this inclusive community, why are there comments against the creation of a mural that will depict one segment of our community – Black and Racialized communities?

Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that an inclusive community is not experienced by all people who live in or visit our community. But we are not alone in this. Racism is an issue that is happening across Ontario, Canada and the world.

Changing society and eliminating racism from our culture and our systems is uncomfortable messy work but if we push through the discomfort the change we are all seeking can happen. 

For greater details, read our Afrocentric Mural backgrounder.

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