“Circle of Mothers” Series Sheds Light on Mothers as Victims of Injustice

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“Circle of Mothers,” a painting series by Sylvia Maier captures the pain of the mothers who lost children to police brutality. The backdrop of each painting is what appears to be a US coin with the words “In God We Trust” and “Liberty” all of which are ironic because in the cases of these mothers, is there really any liberty? Can we really trust the people set in place to protect us?

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Included in the “Circle of Mothers” collection are Kadiatou, the mother of Amadou Diallo who died in ’99 after being shot by four off duty NYPD officers; Hawa Bah, mother of Mohammed Bah who died in 2012 after being shot by NYPD officers after a misinformed call; Constance Malcolm, mother of Ramarley Graham who died in 2012 at the hands of the NYPD; Iria Baez, mother of Anthony Baez who died in ’94 also at the hands of NYPD; Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was shot and killed in 2012 by George Zimmerman; Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell who died in 2006 at the hands of the NYPD. Each mother has since banded together to fight against police injustice in their communities and to shed a larger light on the families who are left to mourn. The art series is currently being shown in Miami, Florida at the Yeelen Gallery. View more of the collection here. In addition to the paint series, it is also featured in a short documentary “Saving Tomorrow Today,” view below.

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