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#ChalkedUnarmed is a performance and guerrilla art experience that raises awareness about the pattern of extra-judicial killings of unarmed citizens of color by the police in the United States. Following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a collective of St. Louis artists compiled a list of people of color who had been killed unarmed by police, chalking their bodies along sidewalks and streets. Alongside the chalked bodies, the name, date, and location of each murder is written with the hashtag #ChalkedUnarmed. The public placement of the chalkings serve to educate passerby, disrupt complacency and ignorance around this issue, and honor the lives lost. As the project received national attention for its ability to galvanize awareness and incite dialogue, it spread beyond St. Louis and exists as a viral social art project nationwide.


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