Camden Arts for Change
The Camden Arts for Change is a civic engagement initiative started as a response to the racial and social unrest seen across the country. Watu Moja often speaks through art.
This was our opportunity to give Camden Artists a platform to voice their pain and frustrations with the local power system and demand change.
The first demonstration took place a week after the death of George Floyd. Camden Artists and the community came together to demand changes to the local police force.
To be Black in America is to live with a noose just loose enough to breath. It is to know in any moment it can tighten and leave my body limp. So I wore a noose around my neck to give a visual of what existing Black in American can feel like. What it feels like to have your voice silenced. For that I will fight for life.
AYINDE/ WATU MOJA PRESIDENT
Not our 4th of July
The 4th of July carries a different meaning for many Black Americans. In 1776, America gained its independence from the British, however, it was not until 100 years later that African Americans were released from the bondage of slavery in the United States.
So Watu Moja teamed up with other local grassroots organizations and celebrated the day by informing and empowering. The 4th of July saw Camden's first Black Market Street Pop-up. Vendors of Color were invited to sell their merchandise and support other Black owned businesses.
The proceeds from the day went to support La Unique book store - Camden's only Black owned book store harshly effected by Covid-19.