Moments ago Jim Acosta tweeted:
DC just put up a Black Lives Matter street sign just outside Lafayette Park.
DC just put up a Black Lives Matter street sign just outside Lafayette Park. pic.twitter.com/TryXNOwLdH
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 5, 2020
— Marissa Parra (@MarParNews) June 5, 2020
NBC reports 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.
The lettering is so large that the message stretches onto two city blocks and can only be fit into a single photo frame from high above. A bright yellow D.C. flag was painted after the message.
The two blocks are just north of Lafayette Square, where anti-police-brutality and anti-racism protesters have chanted “Black lives matter” for a week, moved by the death of George Floyd.