To: Foot Locker, Inc.

Bring Back Spirit of Harlem Mural

Bring Back Spirit of Harlem Mural

The public mural named ‘Spirit of Harlem‘ has graced the corner of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. (a.k.a. W. 125th Street) and Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem, NY since 2005. This week it was covered up by a new Footaction store. I want Foot Locker, the parent company of Footaction, to take down the wall and exhibit the mural.

Why is this important?

The beautiful glass mosaic mural named ‘Spirit of Harlem‘ by the African America artist Louis J. Delsarte was covered up this week with a painted black faux brick wall for a new Footaction store.

Not only does the mural depicts the “Spirit” of the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement that still resonates today, but it also speaks to the true spirit of Harlem which is the people of this community.

The mural is still intact behind a faux brick facade. Foot Locker needs to take down the wall that is covering up the mural and allow the mural to continue to delight and inspire the people of Harlem.

Please do not let corporate ignorance erase a beloved public art work which celebrates Harlem's history as an incubator for some our country's and even the world greatest creators of culture and thought.

Tell Foot Locker to respect the Harlem community and bring back the 'Spirit of Harlem' mural. Your customers and neighbors will respond in kind.

Read more about it:

http://gothamtogo.com/now-you-see-it-now-you-dont-the-disappearance-of-spirit-of-harlem-on-frederick-douglass-boulevard/

http://ncac.org/blog/sneaker-retailer-bricks-over-spirit-of-harlem-mural-alarming-community

https://sfmosaic.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/uncover-the-spirit-of-harlem/

Harlem, New York, NY, United States

Reasons for signing

  • What in the world was Foot Locker thinking to cover our mural??? Who made the decision to disrespect our community like this? RESPECT US!!! RESPECT OUR COMMUNITY, ART and ARTIST!!! REMOVE the FAUX WALL COVERING OUR BEAUTIFUL MURAL!!!
  • Celebrate the heart and soul of Harlem, do not blacken this light...
  • Harlem is evolving, but that does not mean that its culture and history should be obliterated. We CAN have sneakers AND art and culture. Footaction (Foot Locker) be a good corporate neighbor and citizen and uncover this mural. It was a foolish mistake to cover it in the fist place. You now know that Harlemites DO care about art and culture. Your respect for the commuity your are in will be appreciated. DO THE RIGHT THING!

Updates

2017-12-08 12:38:59 -0800

500 signatures reached

2017-12-07 06:31:54 -0800

100 signatures reached

2017-12-06 19:52:47 -0800

50 signatures reached

2017-12-06 18:39:39 -0800

25 signatures reached

2017-12-06 17:50:46 -0800

10 signatures reached