If you’ve walked past the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose in recent weeks, you’ve seen it going up...a giant mural of a little girl. The dedication is Saturday, and likely to benefit from the spillover crowd coming from the local March For Our Lives just a mile away at San Jose City Hall.
The mural features a gargantuan, smiling Sophie Cruz, who, at nine years old, is one of the nation’s youngest and most well-known immigration reform activists.
You might have seen her on YouTube. When she was five, she ran out to greet Pope Francis in his motorcade when he visited Washington DC.
Cruz got to meet President Barack Obama at the White House. Then, last year, she impressed quite a few people with her self-possessed stage manner at the Woman's March on Washington.
The mural, called “Sophie Holding the World Together,” was commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art to complement an exhibition by the artists’ collective called The Propeller Group. Curator Lauren Schell Dickens explains the group is focused on "rethinking the way media does or does not support ideas around nationalism, nationality, immigration, refugeeism, connectivity; all those sorts of questions."