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Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton reads Growing Tomorrow in a Field of Today, the poem that influenced the artwork for the Diversity Over Division mural.

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Diversity Over Division

Our Diversity Over Division Mural honors the fabric of our University and the Fort Bend County community. The 16 window panels feature six colorful depictions of unity created by six artists from Texas and around the world: Ami Mehta, Samson Adenugba, Laura Cano Lopez, Tony Parana, Dandee Warhol and Rhonda Radford Adams. They worked under the direction of Houston artist Reginald Adams. Weaving through the piece are words from Houston’s former poet-laureate, D.E.E.P., from her poem ‘Growing Tomorrow in a Field of Today’ written specifically to accompany the visuals. The mural was supported by Fort Bend County, City of Sugar Land Office of Economic Development, HEB and numerous individual supporters. Find our mural on the east windows of UH at Sugar Land’s Brazos Hall.

Mural Artwork

The Diversity Over Division Mural is comprised of several pieces of art. Each piece was created by a different international artist.

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Portrait of a black woman smiling. She wears gold hoop earrings and a large multi-colored circular necklace.

Poem: Growing Tomorrow in a Field of Today

By Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

The Diversity Over Division Mural, conceptualized and created by Houston artist Reginald Adams, was inspired by spoken word poet D.E.E.P. and her poem Growing Tomorrow in a Field of Today.

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally known writer, educator, activist, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Poet in the World, her work has appeared in Houston Noir by Akashic Press (2019), Black Girl Magic by Haymarket Books (2019), Fjords Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and on such platforms as NPR, BBC, ABC, Apple News, Blavity, Upworthy, and across the TedX circuit. She serves as a contributing writer to Texas Monthly and Glamour. Her most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, won honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize.

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A black man smiles wearing a black wide-brimmed hat and black dress shirt. In the background is a large silver and black plaque commemorating Juneteenth.

Art: Diversity Over Division Mural

By Reginald C. Adams

Reginald C. Adams is a public artist, social entrepreneur, and community developer. He is best known for his award-winning public art projects, which are strategically located in some of Houston’s most historic and under-served neighborhoods. His creativity and approach to his artwork is inspired by travels to more than 40 countries around the globe. Adams fundamentally believes that everyone deserves access and exposure to the arts and strives to engage the public in the design and production of his public art projects.

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