By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 19, 2020 at 9:25 AM

Local artists will paint a Black Lives Matter street mural near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Locust Street in the Harambee neighborhood.

The public is invited to help paint the mural during a Juneteenth community art event on Friday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Masks will be provided and social distancing will be encouraged during the event.

The City of Milwaukee commissioned the project, and artist Vedale Hill will lead the effort.

"Part of the reason why we selected that location is its proximity to the police district and the area which has been ground zero with all of the unrests which has occurred," Alderwoman Milele Coggs told CBS 58. "Many of the marches have started on King Drive, and though we’ve seen some buildings be disturbed and that kind of thing, we wanted to use art as a healing tool to demonstrate something beautiful."

The mural is being sponsored by Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, WestCare Wisconsin, Walmart, X-Men United and Athena Communications.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.