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3.9 Art Collective

Formed just prior to the 2010 census, the 3.9 Black Artists collective took its name from a report in The San Francisco Bay View, a weekly paper that predicted that the city’s black population would decrease dramatically—to 3.9 percent of the total population. While the number of black San Franciscans has not fallen to this percentage point, there is a black migration out of San Francisco: it is driven by wave after wave of gentrification, stubborn social inequities, and the under resourcing of minority communities. The 3.9 Art Collective has adopted this statistic to as an act of resistance and a commitment to the ideals and narratives of a diverse San Francisco.

— Jacqueline Francis

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