CDI commemorating social justice mural with book signature and permanent art

Photo of the underpass by staff photographer Elle Su.

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will commemorate the mural, titled “The Neverending Story”, by displaying canvas photographs of the mural and its collaborative painting process in its office. The office will also host a book signing event that lead artist De’Joneiro Jones created on the mural.

CDI has purchased all existing copies of Jones’ book for $125 per book, while copies of the book, now out of stock, are being sold online for $40. Later this semester, CDI will distribute the books to students at a book signing event with Jones.

The Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Mark Kamimura-Jiménez, said he wanted to help students remember the mural through CDI’s commemoration efforts.

Six artists collaborated on the underpass work originally slated to be in place for the first two weeks of the fall semester in 2022. The mural was commissioned following national conversations about race and was painted at a when activities were usually advertised in the space could not go on as usual due to the pandemic.

The Center for Student Transitions and Family Programs (at the time called the Freshman Center) commissioned Jones to “propose a mural project that would align with the University’s values ​​of diversity and inclusion,” said Dean of Students Rob Wild.

White supremacists from the group Patriot Front vandalized the mural last December, with one man, Mitchell Wagner, facing a charge of crime of property damage in the first degree after investigation. Following the vandalism, community members painted “Black Lives Matter” on the part of the underpass that was vandalized.

Kayleen C. Rice