Poster Contest

Akonadi Foundation’s mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society. Akonadi believes that racial justice movement building means communities of color lead efforts to build power, shape policy and strengthen culture.

The Racial Justice Poster Project is an effort by the Akonadi Foundation to honor racial justice movement building in Oakland and inspire racial justice movement building in communities around the world. The Racial Justice poster Project Builds on the legacy that the creation of political posters has sparked and nurtured as a part of virtually every social movement in recent history.

March 21, 2014 marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the Sharpeville uprising in South Africa, when police opened fire on a crowd of peaceful black demonstrators protesting apartheid “pass laws.” The United Nations General Assembly later proclaimed March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Akonadi Foundation celebrates this day through art that gives tribute to the courage of those engaged in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. We invite you to join us in remembering and honoring the work of the many racial justice activists both past and present.

“Our Lives Matter" by Cece Carpio was commissioned by the Akonadi Foundation to be the 2014 Racial Justice Poster. “Our Lives Matter" will be printed, as a postcard, poster and made available as downloadable PDF poster on Akonadi’s website.

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This art is made available for personal use only, and may not be reproduced for sale purposes or profit. Art copyright 2014 by Cece Carpio.

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