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

  • I signed because this is "US" -- our legacy, our excellence and it should not be overshadowed by sneaker establishment.
  • Because art and what’s created by and for the community of its people is its history.
  • What gives people the RIGHT to come in a COMMUNITY and decide what should go or stay? This is a Mural that has HISTORY for the people and by the people... I understand change.But, this is the the right CHANGE!!! IF they take out of HARLEM what makes HARLEM.... There will be NO HARLEM LEFT !! FOOT LOCKER TAKE THE COVER OFF... HOW DARE U !! DON't think if someone came to your community to do what U R DOING..... DON't think FOOT LOCKER would like!!! TAKE the COVER DOWN !!!

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