Camille Gage - "When the Cry is 'Justice!'"

Camille Gage and David Grant - "When the cry is 'Justice' ... all mothers are summoned" artwork for Art Connects Us

About the artwork

Our billboard, When the cry is “Justice!” was inspired by the photo of a handmade protest sign that went viral during the week following George Floyd’s murder. The sign, held by a young woman, read, “When George Floyd called out for his momma, all mothers were summoned.”* We wanted to highlight the role of mothers in the fight for justice and attempt to capture the fierce love, grounded strength, and unwavering commitment of the women committed to this struggle.

We would like to offer our deepest thanks to the mothers who agreed to pose for this work: Margaret, Nimco, Farhiya, Angela, Amoke, Jen, Aster, and Jametta.

*Photogragh of the woman and her sign as seen on the Instagram account of ‘thatgirlraee’ and titled, Protest in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Day 2 of protesting.

Meet the artist

Camille Gage

Camille Gage is a Minneapolis artist and writer inspired by the intersection of art and political expression. Gage believes artists have a role to play in shaping the public consciousness and creating a more compassionate and equitable world.

To learn more about Camille Gage, visit

David Grant

David Grant is a Twin Cities-based writer and playwright. He’s had many works commissioned and appears in many anthologies. When he’s not writing or teaching, David facilitates life skills groups for men incarcerated at the Ramsey County Correctional Facility.

Gage and Grant previously collaborated on a billboard addressing the issue of race in 1989.

For the When the cry is, “Justice!”  Gage and Grant also collaborated with Scott Streble and Jim Dryden.

Scott Streble
Scott Streble is a Minneapolis photographer. He is best knows for his documentary photographs of people, using an approach that portrays his subjects with honesty and dignity.

To learn more about Scott Streble, visit

Jim Dryden

Dryden is an artist and illustrator who draws inspiration from many diverse cultural and ethnic traditions.

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