A preview of Miami artist Addonis Parker’s “Thunder & Enlightening” mural on the facade of OneUnited Bank in Liberty City, FL

MIAMI, FL – June 9, 2015 – The Miami Branch OneUnited Bank hosted a private preview for selective journalists, family and friends of the 21 teen apprentices who graduated from the OneUnited Mural Project apprenticeship program on May 29, 2015, at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center in Liberty City, FL. The OneUnited Mural Project includes an apprenticeship program sponsored by the Miami Children’s Initiative, The Liberty City Renaissance Project and OneUnited Bank.

The preview showcased the individual renderings that the youth apprentices developed while assisting celebrated Miami artist Addonis Parker in creating the 10 feet by 55 feet thought-provoking mural that will be erected on the facade of OneUnited Bank at “The Unveiling” event on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

During the event, the selected 21 inner-city youth apprentices from 9 local high schools in South Florida were awarded certificates of completion from the OneUnited Mural Project – a public art works, youth development, community beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education – and received a $250 stipend, opened a bank account and participated in a “Day-at-the Bank,” where they learned financial literacy skills. Teri Williams, President and Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank, believes that the mural project will benefit the teens and the Liberty City community. “The mural event confirmed our commitment to bring more art and financial literacy to Liberty City,” Williams said.

The final mural, Thunder & Enlightening, will convey a controversial message of freedom and hope by expounding on social and economic unrest – using media icons like Trayvon Martin, Christina-Taylor Green, Michael Brown, local and national law enforcement and the 343 firefighter heroes from the aftermath of 9/11. It will serve as a global bipartisan exchange to unite the world on a plateau of peace. Thunder & Enlightening will achieve the ambitious goal of being the artistic blueprint for the documentation of truth and a more sincere approach to equal justice. The mural will celebrate the passing journey of racism, bigotry, fear and historical falsehood; and embrace the birthing of a more unified nation in the spirit of love. Williams knows that the murals will engage, inspire and be a catalyst for community development for the 79th Street Corridor and Liberty City.

Media Contact:
Suzan McDowell suz[email protected] Circle of One Marketing 305-576-3790

OneUnited Bank Is the premiere bank for urban communities with offices in California, Florida, and Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide affordable financial services to support economic development in urban communities and maintain superior financial performance to maximize shareholder value.

Elevate your finances with insights, because we all need answers. Sign up today!

Discover the OneUnited Difference.

Already have an account? Log in

Related Press

OneUnited Bank Introduces WiseOne Insights a Revolutionary AI-Driven Financial Wellness Companion

Boston, MA (October 26, 2023) – OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest Black-owned bank, unveils WiseOne® Insights, a revolutionary financial wellness companion. This groundbreaking AI-driven tool is designed to guide, inform, and protect individuals by leveraging financial literacy. WiseOne Insights aims to improve financial wellness across the nation, while striving to close the racial wealth gap.

Download Press Release


Boston, MA – April 26, 2023 – In celebration of National Superhero Day, OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, is proud to announce its collaboration with Marvel Comics and Visa, Inc to provide a free custom comic book (featuring Black Panther and Shuri) in its branches on April 28, 2023 and a digital version of the comic book to all participants in its 13th Annual “I Got Bank!” National Financial Literacy Contest.

Download Press Release

It takes 5-minutes to start elevating your finances

See exactly where you’re spending money, how you’re achieving and how you can improve.