“My goal is to capture what we find beautiful and powerful about our community,” she said of “Mi Gente,” in a statement, “but also to capture a landscape that challenges us to be truly inclusive of other voices and identities within our community. There is no one narrative for any group of people, and that is a beautiful thing.”
The History Center has planned a “Drive-Up” mural launch for Saturday, June 27, in which visitors are encouraged to view the mural from their cars, or from a spot just outside their vehicles, while observing social distancing.
The first 50 guests will receive a grab bag with goodies and information from project partners, a print of the mural, along with coloring sheets and crayons for youngsters.
Cambrón came to Atlanta just before her eighth birthday and is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival “dreamer,” who advocates on behalf of other dreamers in the community.
Her earliest memories include seeing the butcher shops and bakeries along Buford Highway, an area she still calls home. She graduated from Cross Keys High School in DeKalb County, where she later taught.
Calinda Lee, vice president of historical interpretation and community partnerships at the history center, said in a statement that the center “came to this project with a commitment to work with communities to share history in ways that are locally relevant and useful. “
To help design an appropriate mural, the center consulted with the Latin American Association, Freedom University, the Latino Community Fund, and Plaza Fiesta, and also met with Buford Highway neighbors. “These are stakeholders in our collective past and future,” said Lee. “We all need to understand and value that history.”
Cambrón said “painting “Mi Gente” felt like “an act of gratitude to the community that welcomed me and contributed to my growth.”