Black Girl Magic Indeed
Like most people, I have visited various cities and indulged in the menial guided or self-guided "city tour" whether the experience was offered on a streetcar, trolly, bus, or van. Yes, I'm that type. I like to sightsee! To date, I have yet to experience what I deem as the ingenious idea of a "mural crawl," or "mural tour," such as the one I experienced with my twin sister and a few friends for my birthday in January this year. In the middle of a pandemic, my good friend and sister, Tarika Sullivan, created "Black Girl Magic Tours," a mural crawl designed to celebrate the love she has for the city of Atlanta and for Black Women.
According to blackgirlmagictours.com, "This mural crawl tells the story of the beauty, power, and resilience of black women. Why? Because they are MAGIC." The website adds that representation matters, so they've (Black Girl Magic Tours) cultivated a unique experience that offers tour-goers the opportunity to observe beautiful representations of black women in culture and through artistic expression.
My sister's and my experience was nothing short of exquisite from the luxury guided tour van equipped with a flat-screen monitor revealing a looped video presentation of previous tour experiences, a glass of wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and sweet treats provided by a local black-owned business. I have lived in the Atlanta area for 17 years and I have never taken a guided tour. I was mesmerized by the historic and monumental artistic styles and impressions of local artists and had the feeling of being transported back into history then back to the present-day all in the span of three-and-a-half-hours, which only seemed like mere minutes that left me wanting to see more.
If you're ever in the Atlanta area and would love a tour that lives up to its name of being magical, please consider Black Girl Magic Tours. You will not regret this beautiful encounter. Enjoy a few photos from my experience in this blog post, happy Women's History Month, and happy touring!