Juneteenth has become a central day for honoring the African American community and reflecting on the long road to true freedom. Along with artist Terry Mclaughlin, Driftward will donate all profits made from the purchase of this limited-edition print to The Social Justice Learning Institute, an organization located here in our backyard in Los Angeles that is dedicated to improving the education, health, and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training, and community mobilization.
The year 2020 will be remembered as one defined by seismic changes. A pandemic, a contentious election, an economic crisis, the upending of our “normal” lives—and throughout the summer, the dam-breaking moments when the horrors of police brutality, racial injustice and systemic inequality could no longer be ignored. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and many, many others, were captured on video and played and replayed on social media and on the news. Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, protests and unrest broke out in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and spread across the United States and around the world.
By June, curfews were imposed in more than 200 cities in the U.S., and more than 62,000 National Guard troops were deployed to stop the protests. An estimated 15 to 25 million people in the United States participated in some form of protest between May 26 and August 22.