Mural ride eeps focus on push for racial equality

(KUSA/NBC News) A Denver community organizer is keeping the spirit of recent calls for racial justice alive in a unique way.

“It doesn’t stop because there’s not a large crowd,” said Quincy Shannon, a leader in Denver’s Black community. “There’s still work to be done and that doesn’t mean that it can’t be impactful, so what are ways that we can continue to bring the community together and show them the value of coming together?”

On Sunday afternoon, Shannon took an idea from his 11-year-old daughter, Imani.

She said her family goes on bike rides, and since they like to look at the murals by Black artists and of Black people, she thought her dad should show the murals to other people, too.

“Just looking at Black beauty and Black art and also just supporting Black Lives Matter but not doing stuff like violent,” Imani said.

The first stop was at 10th Street and Broadway at the old Gart Bros. Sportsman’s Castle.

Over boarded-up windows, artists Karlee Mariel and Armina Jusufagic from Zada Gallery painted George Floyd and Colin Kaepernick.

On bikes, rollerblades and scooters, the group moved along the Cherry Creek bike path and stopped just before Blake Street to take a look at the mural of Major Taylor painted by Jonathan Pucci.

He was the first Black man to win a cycling world championship which was the second-ever world championship won by a Black man.

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