Wave Staff Report
WILLOWBROOK — A new anti-hate mural was unveiled Nov. 11 at the Willowbrook Senior Center.
The mural is the fifth and final mural of LA vs Hate’s Summer of Solidarity, a public art series that celebrates the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Launched by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 2019, LA vs Hate is a community-centered program designed to encourage all residents of Los Angeles County to unite against and report hate, as well as to support those who may have been victims of hate-motivated acts.
Muralist Brittany S. Price said the mural is named “It’s All for You.”
“The mural welcomes the neighborhood with open arms to the gateway of South Los Angeles by connecting the history and future of Willowbrook’s ecology and community,” she said.
County Supervisor Holly Mitchell was on hand for the mural’s unveiling and to kick off United Against Hate Week, which runs Nov. 13-19.
“This unveiling is the culmination of residents across Willowbrook and South L.A. coming together to pay homage to the history of their communities while working to create a brighter future,” Mitchell said. “I want to thank LA vs Hate and all the community partners involved in making this important event possible. I cannot think of a better time than now to recommit to ending all forms of hate. It is my hope that this mural is a beautiful reminder of what is possible when we are brave enough to do so.”
“I’m proud of what our commission has done in bringing LA vs Hate to communities through these beautiful murals and the energizing events of United Against Hate Week,” said Ilan Davidson, president of the county Commission on Human Relations.
The commission’s Executive Director Robin Toma added, “When community art is purposed to uplift and unify our communities, we become stronger and resistant to the things that would divide us. But right now, more of us need to do something to spread the word about LAvsHate.org as the place to learn, report, get help and change the policies, practices and cultures that perpetuate hate and discrimination.”
“When we experience art and culture together, it enables us to transcend differences and find common ground,” said Karen Mack, CEO of LA Commons. “This mural in Willowbrook and those in the other parts of the county are powerful touchstones providing us with beauty, inspiration and meaning, and energizing us for United Against Hate Week at a time when this is more important than ever.”
The event was the first of many events planned during the fourth annual United Against Hate Week. For a full list of the United Against Hate Week events, visit LAvsHate.org/uahw.