Cry the Beloved Country--South Africa Exposed

Title:  Cry the Beloved Country--South Africa Exposed

Site:  Chicago Defender Building
2400 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago (no longer extant)

Artists:  Mitchell Caton and Nii Oti Zambezi

Sponsors:  Chicago Public Art Group

Year:  1985

Scale:  11 x 6 feet

Materials:  Acrylic on panels

Information:  This mural was adjacent to the Chicago Daily Defender building, the home of one of the country’s oldest and most respected black-owned newspapers. The mural is a montage of figures, designs, and text that dramatizes the richness of African history and culture. It was painted as an indictment of the then still ruling, apartheid regime in South Africa. The imagery also portrays the local history of African-American journalism.