Kehinde Wiley Conversation on a Mother’s Love

Audience of de Young museum lecture in Koret Auditorium

Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, San Francisco, 2023. Photograph by Gary Sexton

Join us on Mother’s Day weekend to hear from the women who have endured the painful loss of their children to systemic violence. We’ll celebrate their beloved children and hear how they are fighting for justice.


  • Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner
  • Wanda Cooper, mother of Ahmaud Arbery
  • Taun Hall, mother of Miles Hall
  • Mona Hardin, mother of Ronald Greene
  • DeAnna Joseph, mother of Andrew Joseph
  • Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant

Moderated by: Pastor Michael McBride

In partnership with: Love Not Blood Campaign

Join us from noon to 3 pm at the Outdoor Care Tent Pop-Up in our Garden of Enchantment, outside the museum’s east entrance.

Can’t join in person?

About the Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series

This event is part of the Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series, developed in collaboration with Pastor Mike McBride and Sherrie Deans of Live Free USA. This six-part series brings together some of the biggest names in culture, art, sports, and activism. Through panels, performances, and collective healing practices, this series offers a platform to those most impacted by state-sanctioned violence and offers a constructive framework for understanding the intersections of art, suffering, and healing.

About the speakers

Gwendolyn Carr, mother of Eric Garner

Founder of E.R.I.C. – Eliminating, Racism and Inequality Collectively, which seeks to provide ongoing support and education to victims of violence and families who are suffering with tragedy and loss.

Wanda Cooper, mother of Ahmaud Arbery

The Ahmaud Arbery Foundation was founded in the summer of 2021 with the mission of empowering, serving, and affirming Black boys on the journey towards mental wellness.

Taun Hall, mother of Miles Hall

The Miles Hall Foundation’s mission is to support and protect families by educating communities about mental illness and by protecting those suffering with mental illness from excessive use of force by law enforcement. 

Mona Hardin, mother of Ronald Greene

Mona Hardin has become the leading mother activist in Louisiana, advocating to legislators about officers involved in cover-ups and working with families impacted by this type of police action.

DeAnna Joseph, mother of Andrew Joseph III

DeAnna Joseph of Tampa, Florida is a mother, social worker, and advocate acting on behalf of the rights of children, families, and those with developmental disabilities. 

Reverend Wanda Johnson, Mother of Oscar Grant

Reverend Wanda Johnson is CEO of the Oscar Grant Foundation, a nonprofit that helps at-risk youth, grieving families, and students with support, enrichment, education, and hunger.

Ticket info

Free. Check-in will begin at 10 am outside of the museum’s east-side entrance. Program tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis. Seating is limited and unassigned. This does not include admission to the museum.

About Love Not Blood Campaign

The Love Not Blood Campaign (LNBC), is a grassroots social justice nonprofit founded in 2014. Their guiding principle is simple: those directly impacted should lead the movement for our right to live free from state sanctioned violence. LNBC pursues this goal through healing circles, healing conferences, movement building, economic justice, and advocacy. They provided holistic care that encompasses physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual wellbeing.

About Live Free USA

Live Free is a nonprofit and social justice network dedicated to ending gun violence, mass incarceration, and mass criminalization through education, advocacy, and direct action. They are driven by a mission to build community power and agency by reimagining public safety and increasing civic engagement. Live Free sees a world with safe, equitable communities for all and where every person is safely and peacefully connected to community.


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Presenting Sponsors

Generous Support
The Harris Family
Charles and Brandi Hudson
Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Sonya Yu

Additional support is provided by the Adamolekun Family, Lisa Blackwell, Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, Delvecchio and Kelly Finley, Bryan and Tara Meehan, Elaine A. Mellis, The Plexo Foundation, Soho House, Lisa and Jim Zanze, and the Contemporary Support Council.

Free admission on select weekends is generously underwritten by Year-round, Free Saturdays admission for Bay Area residents is generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey and programming is supported by the Koret Foundation and Wells Fargo.

This Kehinde Wiley Speaker Series is made possible by the generous support of

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