As President Trump threatens to unleash military force on Black Lives Matter protestors across the country, Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser has commissioned a giant BLM mural on 16th Street, next to the White House.
All caps, 50-ft-tall lettering has been painted from curb to curb, the entire length of the block. The mural was designed by D.C. artist Benxett and his team, which included city workers and community members.
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“…I’m happy to live in this period is that we have been forced to a point where we’re going to have to grapple with the problems that men have been trying to grapple with through history, but the demand didn’t force them to do it.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr #BlackLivesMatter
Mayor Bower later announced that the stretch of 16 Street will now be called Black Lives Matter Plaza.
‘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,’ Mayor Bowser said.
It remains to be seen whether Trump will see the sign from the White House windows – or whether he’ll spend another weekend on the golf course in Florida.
Yesterday my team and I got a chance to make history when DC’s Mayor Bowser had us create these #blacklivesmatter signs to be installed in DC! I so proud was of her when they asked me to design it! In fact, we are all so proud of her for making her stance clear! pic.twitter.com/PqNlLO0RCd
— Benxett (@Benxett) June 5, 2020