By day, she’s a speech pathologist. By night, or rather in her spare time, Leila Victorin is a fine artist working on portraits and surface design patterns. Recently, she started working on a 220 ft. mural in downtown Riverside, Calif., dedicated to John Lewis and dozens of others who took part in the civil rights movement. Victorin and four other volunteers are working to complete the mural before the groundbreaking of an affordable housing project on the city lot on Oct. 22. “I love any project that allows me to do creative work,” Victorin shared. Remarking on the mural itself, she said, “It is very exciting, I would have never anticipated being part of something like this.” Victorin was connected to the project through a member of the Mt. Rubidoux church in Riverside, and is using the opportunity to include the faces of women within the civil rights movement, such as Angela Davis and Nina Simone. “This has been my role, that those people get some recognition,” she said.
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