Brooklyn, NJ —The Black Lives Matter mural is a tribute to protests against racism and police abuse that has spread across the United States. Now, the city of Brooklyn has a block with a huge Black Lives Matter mural on the road. The murals first started in Washington, DC but now more cities are joining in with solidarity by painting a mural of Black Lives Matter in yellow paint.
While there have been a large number of deaths to black women and men at the hands of police officers, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, protest and the Black Lives Matter movement has increased and the country’s fight for equality has too.
The New York version of the great mural stretches several blocks along Fulton Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. The mural was done with the help of more than 20 Brooklyn artists over the weekend. A portion of the street with the gigantic yellow letters also has the names of some of the black victims of racial violence such as Emmett Till, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, and Tamir Rice. Their names have been painted in black.
This was one of the many actions in support of the protest unleashed by the murder of Floyd.
Recently in Brooklyn, New York senior officials helped with the huge yellow label, including the state’s attorney general, Letitia James, who posted a brush-in-hand photo showing herself proud to help Brooklyn shout “Black Lives Matter.”
Along with James, the popular Reverend Al Sharpton stated on social media that he was helping out at the event with the help of filmmaker Spike Lee.
New York lawmaker Robert Cornegy, activist Tremaine Wright, and Billie Holiday Theater Artistic Director Indira Etwaroo joined the event, which started Saturday. Painting the mural lasted all day and night and was finally unveiled on Sunday.