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Riverside Unveils “The Rise!” Mural in Downtown

Artists who contributed stand in front of the mural.
Courtesy of Michael J. Elderman
Artists who contributed stand in front of the mural.

On Wednesday, the City of Riverside unveiled “The Rise” Mural, which pays tribute to Black individuals from here in the U.S. and from around the globe.

The event started with a performance of the Black National Anthem, sung by Yarissa Milan.

Co-Organizer of the mural, Shea Ellis Tracey, said the mural was created in part to help honor black excellence.

Shea Ellis Tracey stated, “And we created this in part, in honoring black excellence, in its many walks of life, as well as being able to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and representation.”

The mural depicts 32 different people, including Kamala Harris, Geroge Floyd, Maya Angelou, Thurgood Marshall, John Lewis, and many more.

Courtesy of Michael J. Elderman

Councilwoman Gaby Plasencia spoke at the event and said Riverside has etched a complex history that shows the need for artwork like this.

Councilwoman Plasencia said, “That history included both significant efforts to achieve greater justice, equity, and understanding, as well as an unfortunate periods and events that have demonstrated the need for increased commitment, ideas, and action to work towards these goals.”

Alongside the mural, a plaque will eventually be placed that will have a QR code that will lead to material sharing the stories of all the figures displayed, as well as curriculum that parents and teachers can use.

You visit the mural off the corner of Market Street and 9th Street in Downtown Riverside.

Jonathan Linden was a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and served with the station till October 2022.