Color The Creek for Black Lives Matter 2020 Mural. Photo by Jaiyda Tyler. BATTLE CREEK— After years of civil unrest across the nation, Battle Creek artists have taken on covering the city in murals and quotes when social injustice has come to threaten their immediate community. For residents of Battle Creek, 2020 was the year that sparked change within the city. Residents set foot downtown to march in protest of police brutality and support of victims across the world on June 6, 2020.
BATTLE CREEK– Battle Creek residents should keep an eye out for over 80 kids riding through the streets on their brand new bicycles, thanks to city activist Bobby Holley.
Kids across the nation have become more acquainted with being indoors than in past years due to COVID-19 and the state’s mandatory orders in regards to staying indoors and staying safe. For Battle Creek social justice activist Bobby Holley that needed to change.
On July 1, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an executive order to lift mask mandates and allow social gatherings to start up again throughout the state. This would come just after the beginning of summer for most Michigan kids. A summer that Holley said kids needed to be outside participating in.
“These kids, man, they’ve been inside for months. No summer camps, no field trips or nothing.