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End Racism Now mural project

End Racism Now
End Racism Now Street Mural: Each of the 12 letters is a separate art piece created by a different artist. Photo courtesy of Roanoke Arts Commission

Our students asked us to make a donation to a community activity or initiative which was anti-racist in nature. We were looking for a local initiative applicable to Roanoke. 

We identified a wonderful initiative called the “urban arts projects end racism now mural”. A beautiful collection of painted components, painted letters on a street, painted by various local artists. 

We were very happy to partner with Carilion Clinic to together to donate a substantial amount to this cause.

On Thursday, August 13, representatives from the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic presented checks to help with expenses related to the creation of this mural project located outside of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building in downtown Roanoke.

Aerial view in the VTCSOM lobby with six people lined up with the Roanoke Hokie, MD statue
Pictured clockwise are: Lee Learman, Dean of VTCSOM; Xavier Duckett, Organizer of the End Racism Now mural project and Founder of the Humble Hustle Company; Angelica Witcher, Director of Student Affairs at VTCSOM; Nathaniel L. Bishop, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Vitality at VTCSOM and Co-Chair of Carilion Clinic’s Inclusion Council; Heather Davenport, Vice President and Co-Chair of Carilion Clinic’s Inclusion Council; Kameron Melton, Organizer of the End Racism Now mural project and Woods Rogers Attorney.