Up with India: Founder of ‘Say Their Names Memorial’ on the lives lost
October 1, 2020
Airing today on ‘Up With India”
An interview with Joy Proctor, founder, and creator of the ‘Say their names’ memorial— a grassroots initiative that originated in Portland, Oregon, has been featured in over 25 cities across the U.S. highlighting victims of injustice, systemic racism, and police brutality.
The original memorial that features over 200 faces of individuals that have been murdered in the United States due to instances of injustice, was created by Proctor, an editorial designer and event planner from Portland.
Proctor details the inspiration behind the installments and the purpose of the social justice project with show host India Sage.
“When the pandemic began I found myself out of work which gave me more space to look inwards. After George Floyd was killed, that inward focus turned to our community and our country; specifically to the systemic injustices that have haunted our nation for centuries” Proctor said.
Named top designer by Harper’s bazaar, Proctor’s initial ‘Say their names’ exhibit has sparked conversations about race relations, police brutality, and community empowerment in many places like Dallas, Houston, Brooklyn, Seattle, Los Angeles, and many more cities across the U.S.