The “Say Their Names” memorial exhibition is now at the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art – NBC 7 San Diego



The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) has unveiled the “Say Their Names” memorial.

The exhibition is free to the public and is open daily from July 10th to July 25th. The exhibit is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade (200 W. Island Avenue) in the New Children’s Museum Park.

The memorial features 200 photos of black victims whose lives were lost due to racial injustice, police brutality and racism.

“This is definitely a teachable moment for all of us. We invite you to come, reflect and think about what you can do to make a difference, ”said Gaidi Finnie, Executive Director of SDAAMFA.

The Say Their Names Memorial is a nationwide initiative honoring the lives of blacks in the fight against systemic racism. The memorial began in Portland, Oregon, as a kick-off for nationwide protests that began in 2020.

The photo memorial has been shown in over 25 cities from Hollywood, California to Boston, Massachusetts. However, this is Say Their Names’ first exhibition south of Los Angeles County.

Specific to San Diego, the exhibit honors the life of Demetrius DuBose, a former NFL player who lost his life on July 24, 1999 after he was shot 12 times by two members of the San Diego Police Department.

The exhibition will also celebrate 16 San Diego civil rights activists who campaigned for a level playing field in San Diego.

SDAAMFA works with the New Children’s Museum and hosts art activities designed to help children process their thoughts about the exhibition.



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