New artwork titled, “Helping Hands” by popular muralist had an unveiling ceremony on Feb. 22 in Virginia Lacy Jones Exhibition Hall of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library which included a talkback session with the artist.
“I want it to be a prompt for them to live their best lives and for them to take advantage of every opportunity that they have,” muralist Muhammad Yungai said.
The AUC institutions partner with local arts organization WonderRoot as part of the city-wide “Off the Wall” initiative and it is one of 30 art pieces highlighting Atlanta’s civil rights and social justice journey.
The mural facing the CAU promenade, depicts four black American children walking along a path made by the hands of numerous historical black figures of Atlanta, including those of Stacey Abrams and Martin Luther King Jr.
Yungai hopes the mural can be a catalyst and bring hope and motivation to the students who view it. He also wants students to see the civil rights leaders as people to look up to.
He said, “I hope they will see [their lives] as worth mirroring . . . a life of integrity and honor.” Yungai has been doing murals since 2008 and much of it could be found inside of many KIPP charter schools in Atlanta. This latest piece is his first outdoor mural.