Monday, Vernon, deputy mayor for social integration Debbie Weekes-Bernard,
mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, and artist Henny Beaumont unveiled
Beaumont’s six-metre artwork in Newington Green. It shows BAME faces in yellow
stars on a dark blue, starry background. “We’ve had a very positive response,”
Beaumont told us, adding that the few guests allowed to come were moved.
said: “This artwork is a reminder of the grief of those thousands of
colleagues, friends and family members they have left behind.”
added this morning that as the country approaches a second wave “there’s
nothing visible” that acknowledges “those frontline workers who’ve died”.
The Majonzi Fund is pleased to announce the launch of a new public artwork by artist Henny Beaumont, commissioned by Patrick Vernon OBE, to be displayed in Newington Green, London and commemorating members of London’s BAME communities who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The artwork will be formally unveiled on September 21st by Patrick Vernon OBE, founder of the Majonzi Fund, and Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London.
The 6m x 3m artwork (pictured above), is by renowned artist and illustrator Henny Beaumont, who lives in the local area. It was commissioned by the Majonzi Fund to raise funds to support the BAME community, which has disproportionately suffered from the pandemic. Guardian Newspaper is supporting the Majonzi fund. A charity print is available from : https://guardianprintshop.com/collections
The production and installation of the artwork was made possible with the support of Accumulate, which supports arts and creativity among London’s homeless, and the Mildmay Club who generously provided the installation site.
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The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) has gifted a promotional song “Sun in the Rain” to support the Majonzi Fund which raises funds to provide small grants to help families and work colleagues, community and faith groups to organise memorial events and supports affected community members to access bereavement counsellors and therapists.
As data shows, BAME communities are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, making up some 14% of the UK population, and being impacted at some 35% (Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre, 4 April 2020). The Majonzi Fund is run as a GoFundMe campaign that was started on 21st of April by Patrick Vernon, OBE and the Ubele Initiative and has since raised almost 40k. The proceeds of the song will go to the fund.
Patrick Vernon, OBE said: “This is fantastic that one of the most successful and respected Gospel Choirs in Europe are supporting the fundraising efforts as part of the community response to COVID-19. The Majonzi Fund will provide small grants to help families, work colleagues, community groups organise memorial events for BAME individuals who have died as a result of COVID-19. Having lost a family member to COVID-19, it is important that families and local communities have the support around bereavement counselling and the opportunity to commemorate the life of loved ones’.”
Over the past week members of the choir have taken to social media to share their experiences with COVID-19 and why supporting BAME communities is crucial during these times. The song’s message is a beacon of hope during difficult times like these.
Bazil Meade, MBE, Founder and Director of the London Community Gospel Choir says: “I take great pleasure in joining my Colleagues London Community Gospel Choir being part of the initiative by “The Majonzi Fund” providing help and support to BME families and communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
The song “Sun in the Rain” can be streamed on all major streaming sites like Spotify, Amazon and iTunes.