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DC Mayor Renames Street Leading To White House In Honor Of Black Lives Matter

DC Mayor Renames Street Leading To White House In Honor Of Black Lives Matter
City workers and activists paint the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House (manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Washington DC's mayor Muriel Bowser announced a change in street name near the church where Donald Trump posed for a photograph with a Bible. The street is now named "Black Lives Matter Plaza".

City workers and activists painted the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it at odds with President Donald Trump.


DC mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed on Friday.

People on Twitter were showing support and making sure changes are happening and the move is not just performative.



The letters and an image of the city's flag stretch across 16th Street for two blocks, ending just before the church where President Trump staged a photo-op after federal officers forcibly cleared a peaceful demonstration to make way for the president and his entourage.

A black and white sign was put up to mark the change. The designer was proud to show how the message will live in the street sign.

Twitter was quick to show their support.

Bowser has been an open ally to protesters, and has spoken up about the heavy-handed federal response and called for the removal of out-of-state National Guard troops.

She says their differences highlight the need for DC to be a state and have more control over its internal affairs.

On Thursday, as the protests turned peaceful, she ended a curfew imposed after people damaged buildings and broke into businesses over the weekend and Monday.

Mayor Bowser's endorsement of the project follows her verbal clashes with the Trump administration over the response to protests of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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