If you walk down Main Street in downtown Buffalo, it won’t be difficult to find the city’s newest mural. Two local artists, Edreys Wajed and James “Yames” Moffitt, are collaborating on a mural commissioned by the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative.

What You Need To Know

  • Say Yes Buffalo will have a 30-foot mural completed by the end of the weekend

  • The artists hope the painting will inspire more compassion and caring in the community

  • Wajed and Moffitt have been working on the mural for more than two weeks

The mural reads ‘love Black girls even when they become women,’ and the finished portion will say ‘love Black boys even when they become men.’

“To those who don’t understand the climate we’re in today, is to read this with the notion of having compassion and evolving capacity for humanity,” says Wajed. “Also for Black people, for Brown people, that’s why they’re facing each other. To see each other in this as well. We have to see ourselves in a different light – with more capacity for love and caring for each other as well.”

The mural stands more than 30 feet tall and 40 feet wide, a large and striking piece of art that can be seen from blocks away. 

“We wanted to have this nice chunky, psychedelic feel,” says Moffitt. “And then just have everything be nice and clean and bold and graphic so you can read it from a great distance.”

If the weather cooperates, the mural should be done by the end of the weekend.​