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Finding Voice Through Art

Black Art Speaks is a collective group of artists seeking to share their voice through the power of art.

 

“We Want What You Want” a poem by visionary, Alandes Powell, inspired the dream of seeing these words captured in the Black Lives Matter! Cincinnati Mural. Each letter visually represents a line in this poem.

In less than 20 hours over the course of 3 days, 17 black lead artists and a host of volunteers joined together under the united vision of seeing these words brought to life.

We Want What You Want

by Alandes Powell

We Want What You Want

To raise our kids in Peace

We Want What You Want

To provide for our families

We Want What You Want

To live free from unjust persecution

We Want What You Want

To be treated equally, fair and just

We Want What You Want

For rules that oppress people like us to be lifted

We Want What You Want

For systems designed to negatively impact our families to be eradicated

We Want What You Want

To truly see this as a land of opportunity

We Want What You Want

To witness our children, grow into adults 

We Want What You Want

To play with our grandchildren and celebrate as they graduate from high school and college

We Want What You Want

To walk in a place of Education and know it is truly used to educate

 

We Want What You Want

For others to see the males in our lives as gentlemen with kind hearts and not thugs and criminals

We Want What You Want

For others to see the ladies who look like us as beautiful and deserving of equal rights just like the ladies in your life

 

We Want What You Want

Equal Pay, equal opportunities, and to know you desire our presence at your professional table

and not just tolerate it

 

We Want What You Want

To know that the people carrying the gun have a desire to protect and not kill

 

We Want What You Want

To know that your voice will speak against the wrongs and support the rights

 

We Want What You Want

A place that our Art of Blackness will be safe as it hangs in your place

 

We Want What You Want

Nothing more and Nothing less