This Black Lives Matter banner is now displayed at Live Arts overlooking Water Street. In creating this banner, our staff wanted to be intentional about its message beyond our show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The font, MARTIN, was purchased from Black typography designer Tré Seals of Vocal Type, whose goal is to increase diversity and empathy in the design industry. The MARTIN font, named after Martin Luther King Jr., is described as a “non-violent typeface inspired by remnants of the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968.” You can read more about Seals’ work toward diversifying the white and male-dominated design industry in this article.
The hand-painted and digitized black-eyed susans, bittersweet, and dill symbolize justice, truth, and power over evil, respectively. We hope the graceful botanical imagery will communicate our belief that Black lives are beautiful, resilient, and inspiring. We echo this sentiment shared by the Charlottesville Ballet: “Matter is the minimum. Black lives are worthy. Black lives are beloved. Black lives are needed.”