It’s been 10 years since 22-year-old Oscar Grant was murdered, by a BART officer at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. On Saturday, a mural was unveiled in his honor.
BART says it worked closely with Grant’s family to create the tribute and provide a place for reflection for all those who travel through the station.
“I believe there will be a sense of peace in this place, a sense of healing in this place, a sense of love in this place,” said Wanda Johnson, Grant’s mother.
“I’m grateful that through Oscar’s death, he still lives on,” she said. “Every time someone comes to this station, they’ll see his name and they’ll see his face.” Johnson says they’re still working to get Fruitvale station itself named after him.
Since Grant’s murder, the community has pushed BART to develop an independent auditor’s office, and they’ve hired more directors of color. Grant’s family has also created a foundation in his name, giving out more than $45,000 in scholarships to East Bay high schoolers.
In his death Grant has sparked great change, and we hope that his Community and family continue to do so!
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