The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) is unveiling the “Say Their Names” Memorial exhibit at its ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 10 at 11:00 am.

The Memorial features 200 photos of Black victims, whose lives were lost due to racial injustice, police brutality and/ or racism.

The “Say their Names “Memorial is a nationwide, grassroots initiative honoring Black lives lost in the struggle against systemic racism. The memorial began in Portland, Oregon and is an outgrowth of the protests that began nationwide in 2020. The informal outcry is now an organization called “Say Their Names Memorial” The organization would like to make sure that we never forget the victims and that we put a face to a name. “This is definitely a teachable moment for all of us. We invite you to come, reflect and think about what you can do to make a difference.” stated Gaidi Finnie, Executive Director of SDAAMFA. Specific to San Diego, we will remember the life of Demetrius DuBose, a former NFL player who lost his life on July 24, 1999, after being shot 12 times by 2 members of the San Diego Police Department.

Working in collaboration with The New Children’s Museum, we will host art activities designed to help children process their thoughts about the exhibit. The exhibit will also celebrate 16 of San Diego’s civil rights advocates who worked to level the playing field in San Diego.


July 10-July 25


The New Children’s Museum Park

200 W Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101