Oscar Grant’s Mother Turns to New Theater Project to Explore Grief

Love Balm for My SpiritChild is a 4-part performance featuring mothers who've lost children to violence.

By Jamilah King Oct 03, 2012

Wanda Johnson knows pain. She was [thrust into the national spotlight](http://colorlines.com/archives/2010/07/my_son_was_murdered–grants_mom.html) in 2009, after her son Oscar Grant III was shot and killed by former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle on a Bay Area subway platform. Video of Grant’s murder went viral, and during the ensuing media onslaught and criminal trial, Johnson had the unimaginable task of trying to sum up her son’s life for reporters. Now there’s word that Johnson, alongside other Bay Area mothers who have lost children to violence, is taking part in a theater project that tries to make sense of all the chaos. "Love Balm for My SpiritChild: Testimonies of Healing Justice through Mothers’ Memory" is a 4-part performance workshop that brings together the pain and resilience of mothers who’ve lost their children to violence. Artistic Director Arielle Brown [wrote this about the project:](http://inthefro.com/2012/04/04/the-love-balm-project-healing-as-resistance-to-murder/)