McClinton: MLK Day of Service program yields Bartram High murals

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 20 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, Philadelphia First Judicial District judges and employees, state Sen. Anthony H. Williams, state Rep. Jordan Harris, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the Restorative Justice Guild at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program celebrated the Martin Luther King Day of Service by painting murals in the hallways of Bartram High School on Jan. 18.

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania judges who participated included President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Sierra Thomas Street, Ida Chen, Abby Fletman, Idee Fox, Barbara Joseph, Barbara McDermott, Bradley Moss, Lillian Ransom, Rosalyn K. Robinson, Karen Shreeves-John and John Younge.

More than 100 volunteers pre-registered for the mural-painting event.

Volunteers from the Philadelphia Youth Commission, the Men of Bartram alumni committee and Restorative Justice Guild program at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program assisted local artist Willis "NOMO" Humphrey, who designed the murals.

Three murals were designed: one each for the front entrance and hallways, the auditorium and the classrooms. The Mural Arts Program will hold a formal dedication ceremony for the murals in late February.

"The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a great way to memorialize the life of Dr. King," McClinton said. "So many different groups came together to create a work of art which will brighten the days of all the students at Bartram. The interaction between students, judges, young men who are currently on parole and elected officials was inspiring.

"The newly painted entrance space will give a bright and welcoming space to students and visitors alike. It represents a strong commitment from the students and community to make Bartram a safe and friendly environment for learning."

The youth and young adults who volunteered from the Restorative Justice Guild are parolees, those serving probation and former juvenile criminals who are making a positive influence in their community, one mural at a time.