New Mural Honors Dolly Parton and Her Black Lives Matter Comments

Dolly 'adds the mojo this neighborhood needed'

August 18, 2020

A beautiful new mural paying tribute to Country singer, Tennessee native, and National treasure Dolly Parton has gone up outside of the famous ‘5 Spot’ in Nashville after voicing her opinions of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Local artist Kim Radford, who painted the mural named "Queen of Country" on August 14 told CNN, "the day before I finished the mural, Dolly had an amazing press release about her upcoming Christmas album and her interview with Billboard. As I painted the final touches, I knew her sassy loving quote -- 'Of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little White a**es are the only ones that matter?' -- would be a perfect finish to send out in my neighborhood."

"I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen," Parton told Billboard in an in-depth interview published last week. She continued, "and of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little White a**es are the only ones that matter? No!"

Radford explained that she chose the location in her community because it is a "magical" place where new artists traditionally get their start, and Dolly "adds the mojo this neighborhood needed."

In the past, Dolly has made decisions to drop racially charged words from her world in order to always make her fans feel welcome. In 2018 she removed “Dixie” from her “Dixie Stampede” dinner event explaining, “when they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it the Stampede.’"

“I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.”

Dolly recently made USA Today's list of the '100 Women of the Century' recognizing her sizable achievements as a pop culture icon and songwriting legend, as well as her philanthropic work with projects like Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and her accomplishments as a businesswoman.

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