PIDC’s Shayne E. Moore Honored with a Mural as a Hometown Hero

Western Governors University (WGU) recently unveiled a mural of Shayne Moore by Philadelphia artist Eric Okdeh at 4534 Wayne Avenue in Philadelphia (corner of Wayne Avenue and Berkley street, across from the Wayne Junction SEPTA station) as part of its “Role Model Murals”—a series of murals by local artists across the U.S. that highlights exemplary students. With its national mural project, WGU hopes to encourage others to follow their ambitions and help make a difference in the world. The Philadelphia mural is the second in a series commissioned by WGU. The colorful mural of Shayne spans about 35 x 30 feet and is painted on a formerly vacant wall. The portrait of Shayne is combined with a motif of WGU’s trademark owl, Sage, which represents wisdom, community, and freedom.

Shayne, who is a Philadelphia native and vice president of information technology at PIDC, has been ordained and has served as an assistant pastor for Trumpet of Zion Tabernacle for 16 years, and for 12 years has volunteered at Philadelphia prisons. He is co-director for H.O.P.E. Ministries, a group that volunteers in the Philadelphia Prison System, and is vice president for Aim For The Net, a program that mentors children while also providing sports as an alternative to the streets.

 “As I look at this mural, I do not see an individual, I see a community. When I look at this mural, I do not see me, I see us.”

“By persisting through challenges and helping so many others to do the same, Shayne exemplifies WGU’s values to advance equity and achieve things together,” said Regional Vice President Rebecca L. Watts, Ph.D. “We’re thrilled to share this special moment with Shayne, his family, his friends, and the entire community. We hope the mural will inspire others to reach their full potential.”

The mural unveiling and Shayne’s many accomplishments have recently been highlighted in 6ABC, Philly, Generocity, and The Philadelphia Tribune. Shayne Moore said, “Though I have accomplished these things, I did not do any of it alone. There are countless others who helped to contribute, or whose story is like mine, so I take this time to applaud them as they too work to make a difference.” He continued, “As I look at this mural, I do not see an individual, I see a community. When I look at this mural, I do not see me, I see us.”

Note: The unveiling event adhered to all social distancing mandates by the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Source: Original article from October 8, 2020 press release by Western Governors University, courtesy of PR Manager, Dulcey Antonucci.