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Uhuru Love

Uhuru Love, originally named Gloria Gwendolyn Daniels by her parents Alexander and Freda Daniels, was born in Niagara Falls. She graduated from the State University College at Buffalo; received a B.S. in Art Education and an M.S. from State University College at Buffalo Graduate School of Art Education. In 1958, she began exhibiting her artwork, however it was in 1962 that her work attracted wide notice and recognition.


In 1965, she became actively interested in the Civil Rights Revolution; adopted the name Uhuru Love, Swahili and English words meaning “freedom (is) love” and began planning for her revealing art exhibition called Uhuru Uwezo meaning in Swahili “freedom (is) power.” In this year, she also became the proud recipient of an honorary Doctorate.


When depicting Dr. Uhuru, LaShonda wanted to utilize bright colors that truly captured her vibrant personality and impact that she had on the community and local Civil Rights movement. The mural, strategically placed in an underpass, is designed to stand out and grab the eye as drivers travel through.

  • Artist

    LaShonda Davis

About the Artist

LaShonda Davis

LaShonda Davis

LaShonda has been an artist for the past seven years. She’s always been creative and a visual learner, which led her toward the artistic path. She started out working in a studio focusing on smaller projects, commissions, and gallery-style work, before gravitating toward larger-scale works. Particularly, she was drawn to public art because she wanted to make a bigger statement and get involved with the community and different local organizations. When she saw that Niagara Falls Murals had put out a call for artists, LaShonda was excited about the opportunity to create a mural and resonated with the mission of the project in preserving area history and commemorating local heroes. 

LaShonda’s artistic style focuses on using vivid colors that capture her audience’s eyes. She prefers to work with acrylic paint for its durability and versatility.

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