In this Tuesday, June 18, 2019 photo, pedestrians walk near a Mural Arts Philadelphia mural of Najee Spencer-Young by artist Amy Sherald by in Philadelphia. Sherald is the artist who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Featured Image
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A mural by the artist who painted the official portrait of Michelle Obama was dedicated on Thursday, portraying not a famous face, but a Philadelphia teen who’s overcome personal challenges.
Amy Sherald might be best known for the painting of the former first lady , but her overall body of work represents everyday lives of black Americans.
So it’s fitting that the 6-story-tall mural called “Untitled” portrays Najee Spencer-Young, a 19-year-old high school student who has battled bullying and low self-esteem.