Rosa Parks

The longest wall in Paris covered with street art, graffiti, has, for a few weeks, been found close to the “104” (the Paris City artistic centre on which I have already posted) and the Gare de l’Est shuntyard, partly on the Rue Riquet-bridge and partly along Rue d’Aubervilliers. It has been decorated by a number of street artists, mostly women, in honour of Rosa Parks (1913-2005), the well-known Afro-American civil rights activist, who once, in 1955, refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

A recently opened metro (RER) station has been named after Rosa Parks.

Here are some examples of what can be seen in a closer look. Some artist names: Kashink, Katiastrophe, Zepha, Combo, Vinie.

On the opposite side of the Rue-Riquet-bridge there is some kind of a van Gogh portrait by PBOY. It’s amazing to see the technique used.


Anonymous said...

I read that Rosa Parks lived until she was 92 years old, in spite of the many attempts on her life. Not such luck for Dr. Martin Luther King and Mr. Medgar Evers, among many other heroes of the civil rights movement.

It happened around the middle of the 20th century? Really? Has anything changed, yet? Has any other race in the United States gone through Hades like the black race did?

The homage from that fairest of all republics and its artists to those heroes is so moving, "un balsamo para el corazon."

What a fantastic post, M. Peter! And your photography as usual is superb.
Loved that "puntillista" portrait of Van Gogh!

Mil gracias

Thérèse said...

Quel artiste ce PBoy! Bel hommage à Rosa Park.

Jay Taber said...

The message "One Person Can Change The World" is not true. In reality, it takes a lot more than that.

Rosa Parks was part of an organized community-based movement, rooted in Black churches, universities and rural poverty of the Deep South. She was selected by her peers to take the act she is known for, but she was not alone.

Many lesser known figures in Mississippi and Alabama joined students in registering Blacks to vote, often under the threat of murder by state and local police. Rosa was but one of many who risked their lives for freedom.

claude said...

Je connais l'histoire de cette femme. Bel hommage !

Shammickite said...

I am surprised at so many different styles of graffiti, but I really like the fact that so many artists are able to express themselves in public. The Van Gogh portrait is very clever, wish I could paint like that.