Buffalo, New York (WKBW) – The City of Buffalo on Sunday unveiled a new mural in honor of the late Congressman John Lewis on the 56th anniversary of Filmore Street.
The wallpaper commemorates Louis’s involvement in the civil rights movement and includes a public art exhibition in Buffalo.
Civil rights are human rights. Congressman Lewis helped us understand that. Leading by example and working with like-minded partners in our country created awareness about the importance of these rights and how we should protect them. In his memoir, “Walking with the Wind,” his visit to Buffalo made clear how much of a difference he had made in the South and what action he should have taken to eliminate it. “I hope this mural not only serves as a monument to Congressman Louis’ life and achievements, but also speaks to all of us as a silent force to guide us in meaningful ways and to find meaningful ways to be a voice for change in our environment,” he said. Mich Novakovsky.
“John Lewis was a man of conscience and a great man in American history. I am proud to have joined Councilor Novkovsky to fund this project. This mural honors Congressman Lewis’ legacy and serves as a reminder that we all have a duty to fight for justice and to bring about ‘a little trouble’ in our own community, ”said Howard County Lawyer Howard Johnson.
Congressman John Lewis has led the way. He was a civil rights activist, a public servant and a true voice of the people. I am so happy to know you as my partner and friend. In his book and in our discussions, he recalled his time in Buffalo as a child and realized at an early age that this region had the potential to demand a more just and equal society. This mural is not only for the service but also for the note. He exhorts each of us to ‘stand, speak, and speak.’ ”Brian Higgins, a member of the US Congress
The wall will be approximately 25 feet tall and 33.5 feet wide at a total of 837 square feet at 664 Flimor Street.
The translation of the wallpaper was produced by Artist Edris Wajd at the Office of Art Buffalo.
Wajid also created the “Wall of Freedom” on East Ferry Street in 2017.