Sedi Bo’s image is memorialized in a mural on the corner of 14th and Campbell. Sedi’s name was Cedric, people also called him Country. He was a musical artist. He grew up in West Oakland. His sister runs a hair shop in the neighborhood.  Sedi or Country and his family are a part of this community’s history.  Sedi had some experience running the streets in West Oakland. Mural artist Refa Senay says, “Country let go of the streets but the streets didn’t let go of him.”

Sedi matured; he  inventoried his life and  chose to make some positive changes. He wanted to be a good father, he looked forward to raising his daughter,  his music reflected his newly elevated  consciousness. Those that loved him when he was in the streets loved him even more as a striver. His change was sincere and beautiful to see. Then he was cut down. Sedi’s life was interrupted one night in the Acorn Projects. He was gunned down in a presumed robbery. He was shot as he ran from his assailants who got nothing for their efforts.

It hurt. It inspired anger. Retaliation was discussed. People felt his loss deeply and the community grief could have been articulated in any number of sad ways. The streets would no doubt have understood. After all that’s the way it goes all too many times. Everybody losing: blood on both sides assures no winners will be found. The memory and collective love of Sedi Bo painted a different picture. His transformed life offered a lasting gift. The spirit of Sedi Bo cleansed and sanctified the corner of 14th and Campbell.

His is a story of redemption and tragedy transformed into something much bigger. The mural that memorializes him is his testament, his legacy, and a summation of what became his greatest accomplishment. His most remarkable feat was not accomplished in his life but manifests itself in a tribute to his decision to live a life that mattered . The respect for his effort transformed the energy of a corner that had been a open air drug spot into a sacred space. The mural is a marker of a shining moment when a community inspired by his life and heartbroken over his murder transformed their grief into collective action.

Refa Senay, a remarkable artist, a founder of the AreoSoul Collective, also grew up in West Oakland….

Read more of this story at anzinga.com

If you would like to donate to the restoration of this mural contact: Dr. Nzinga at wordslanger@gmail.com

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