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Wall of Respect


What is the Wall of Respect?

The Wall of Respect was an outdoor mural created in 1967 by a group of Chicago artists from the Organization of Black American Culture. Inspiring redevelopment and positive political activism, The Wall gave birth to a national Community Mural Movement.

We are marking the 50th anniversary of the Wall by honoring and expanding upon the spirit of its makers. Our outcome will not be a static painting, but rather a unique installation informed by stories from our community and created by selected artists overseeing the work of youth and adults from all over the metro area. The piece will acknowledge the commonalities between and celebrate the unique cultural contributions to Kansas City made by the Native American, Jewish, African American, Latino/Hispanic and Asian communities living among us. 

Once completed, "The Wall" has traveled throughout Kansas and Missouri bringing awareness and inspiration to many communities. The Wall spent time on two of UMKC’s campuses and Chancellor Mauli Agrawal listed it as one of the “Friday Five” activities reflecting “What learning and Discovery Look Like." 


About the artists   Engaging Artists + the Community



Our generous funders:

Our community partners:

American Public Square, American Jazz Museum, The Dialogue Institute, Jewish Voices United, Kansas City Indian Center, Kansas City Union Station, Mattie Rhodes Center, Mid-Continent Public Library- Liberty, More2, Zion Grove Baptist Church, 150+ Volunteers

Thank you to everyone who attended "The Big Reveal" on August 9, 2018 and saw the yurt in the few days following. Check out the videos for a look at the process and the final product, and stay tuned for updates on where in the community you can find the Wall of Respect!


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