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Issue 27 December 2002

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Lord Mayor launches young people’s mural

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Marjorie Barker, has officially launched a mural, which has been designed and created by young people.

The mural shows positive images of black people and includes Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X.

The aim of the mural, which is based at Fir Vale Youth Centre, is to show that whatever a person’s religion, culture or race, they can get along together peacefully.

Nine young people have completed the work over two months as part of a youth project, run by the Fir Vale Youth Project.

The mural marks a miraculous transformation of the youth centre. Only twelve months ago the building had no central heating, burst water pipes and wasn’t decorated. Today, thanks to a lot of hard work by staff and the community the centre is a popular meeting place for the area’s young people.

Islam Khan, worker in charge of the Fir Vale Youth Project, said: “The young people have done an excellent job with the mural, they really put their heart into the work.”

David Gault, Director of Operations for Sheffield Futures, who also attended the launch, added: “This is a stunning piece of work created by the young people and the community artist. This mural will stimulate the conversations of young people and all of those who use this building from now on.”

Cllr Barker also presented plaques to the young people involved in the project to mark their hard work and commitment.

 

Martin Luther King
...the mural shows positive images of black people and includes Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X...

The Lord Mayor with young people from Fir Vale and their plaques marking their hard work and commitment.