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In 2009, Marc Bamuthi Joseph brought the Life is Living festival to Chicago. The event, held at Clarendon Park, was the culmination of months of outreach and collaboration between 25 community partners. The photo below captures an exercise in remembrance organized by Kuumba Lynx and spurred by Bamuthi’s assertion that eco-movements should be “less about green and more about a shared value—life.” The signs, held high during a parade, symbolically rename streets and avenues in commemoration of the lives of 39 students claimed by violence in Chicago Public Schools.

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Life is Living Festival - Chicago 2009

Parade signs commemorate lives. Photo: Eve Rivera for Kuumba Lynx.