From 2004-2007 a group of Malcolm X parents, students, and community members created HereStories, a series of murals on both sides of the Malcolm X Elementary playground fence along Ashby Avenue and King Street. Ten murals on the outside of the fence told stories of the history of our community through the narratives of ten community elders, and students added ten murals on the inside of the fence facing the playground. To read the full story of the project, click here.
Unfortunately, over the last decade these murals have decayed substantially due to fading, peeling, and vandalism. In 2017-18 the Malcolm X PTA is repairing and updating this project, in partnership with the original volunteer group, a new generation of parents and students, and support from local donors. Professional artists are repairing some of the original outside murals that can be saved, and are creating new murals for the ones that are beyond repair, including stories like the story of longtime MX principal Cheryl Chinn. In the spring, students will create a new mural series on the inside of the fence telling current MX families' immigration stories, inspired by the Great Migration paintings by Jacob Lawrence.
We will complete the project with a big public celebration on Saturday June 2nd, where MX families (including elders whose immigration stories are depicted), the artists, South Berkeley neighbors, and Malcolm X alumnae from decades past come together to celebrate the new artwork and build community.
This page will be updated as the project progresses, including information on how to suggest your family's immigration story for use in the student mural project. Questions? Email Zach Franklin at email@example.com.