BSU’s history in a mural
At the beginning of the year, the Black Student Union executive board members came to a consensus about redoing the BSU office: fresh face, fresh look, fresh feel.
Out with the dull white paint and in with the new. This idea of reviving the office with a mural was placed in my hands in regard to the actual design.
I thought that the concept for the first wall would be a creative canvas of figureheads from different walks of life who represent different aspects of our liberation struggle: international, political, artistic, and radical freedoms.
I chose Nelson Mandela, Langston Hughes and Angela Davis.
I chose these people because they are important figures in African-American history and not the redundant icons like Martin Luther King.
The second wall is more focused on the Black Student Union that is established here on campus.
Starting with the Stephens Hall clock tower, because of its historical relevance, the second mural encompasses the lion, the black panther and the tiger as a symbolic timeline of black people in general.
The lion represents Africa, the black panther represents our struggle for rights, and the tiger representing us as Towson students.
Above it is the date 1970, when Towson BSU was first established, along with the logo.
The base of the mural starts off with the African symbol of Sankofa and is crowned with the symbolic fern, which is a plant that grows in harsh conditions.
The Sankofa is an African symbol that means you must look back into your past to go forward.
There are a lot of symbolic elements, but the most engaging part is the black bands made with chalk paint.
This mini Freedom Square allows people to make people be interactive with the mural.
Overall, the main goal of the mural was to revive the office from looking like a jail cell to becoming a welcoming place upon which to reflect.
We had a lot of support from the administrative staff and other members of BSU, to whom we are highly grateful.