The Mayor of DC, in a permanent show of support for people of color, has renamed 16th Street NW between H and K streets, “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The street renaming sends an ongoing message to Trump.
Channel 4 – Washington, DC 6.5.2020
The city of Washington, D.C., is echoing a call for justice by naming a road and painting an unmissable message on a street that leads to the White House: Black lives matter.
A section of 16th Street in front of the White House is now called Black Lives Matter Plaza, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday. Earlier, the road was painted with huge yellow letters spelling out the name of the movement.
“We want to call attention today to making sure our nation is more fair and more just and that black lives and that black humanity matter in our nation,” Bowser said.
A green street sign reading Black Lives Matter Plaza was affixed Friday morning to a lamp post outside St. John’s church. That’s where federal forces used munitions and pepper spray on Monday to clear peaceful protesters and make way for President Donald Trump to take a photo outside the iconic yellow and white building, which was damaged by a fire during protests.
Before dawn Friday, a D.C. Department of Public Works crew closed the street so painting could begin. The yellow letters stretch from curb to curb of 16th Street NW between H and K streets. (Feature photo above).
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser posted a video showing the completed work around 10:40 a.m., panning to show how the message points to the White House and Washington Monument.
Protesters stood in the pouring rain on Thursday night in their seventh straight night of large demonstrations after Floyd was killed when a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.
On Saturday, thousands of people are expected to march in downtown D.C. in the largest demonstration yet in the capital.