2 teachers behind ‘Afromation Avenue’ coming to West Philly with help from Mural Arts Program

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Spread joy! That’s what two Philadelphia schoolteachers are doing with the help of the city’s Mural Arts Program.

What began as a book of affirmations soon becomes Afromation Avenue – a collection of positive street signs meant to uplift the church.

Brittni Jennings and Kristin Kelly said the idea was born after George Floyd’s murder.

As she and her students worked to unpack what happened, the duo found a way to celebrate Black joy with a book of affirmations.

Now their efforts will extend beyond the four corners of their classrooms.

“It’s a collection of positive affirmations, street signs, curated by the community and for the community,” said Kristin Kelly, co-founder of Crown.

Fifteen signs will be strategically placed around West Philadelphia in Malcolm X Park, the lifeblood of cultural events. Signs will also be found at the Laura Sims Skate House (the first ice rink designed by an African American) and the 52nd Street Corridor, also known as Black Wall Street.

While still in the planning phase, Brittni Jennings and Kristin Kelly are designing what these 15 street signs will look like.

“The signs are a reminder that our history cannot be erased, that we should not forget ourselves and that others must not forget us,” said Brittni Jennings, Crown co-founder. “We want people to feel joyful, empowered, and with purpose when they see the signs.”

The goal is to have the signs installed this fall.

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