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D.C.’s Mayor paints huge ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ sign on street near White House

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D.C.’s Mayor paints huge ‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ sign on street near White House
Source: Twitter/MurielBowser

Washington D.C. Mayor had city workers and protesters paint a massive BLACK LIVES MATTER sign on a street that leads to the White House, and has renamed the thoroughfare ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’.

Mayor paints ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign near White House and names street ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’

The mayor of Washington D.C. Muriel E. Bowser, instructed local artists and public work crews to paint "BLACK LIVES MATTER" in giant yellow letters on street to the White House. The act was intended to honour protesters who had peacefully assembled earlier this week. This weekend thousands of racially diverse protestors peacefully demonstrated against racism. The section of 16th street in front of the White House has been renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. 

Local artists and public work crews painted
Maxar’s high-resolution WorldView-3 satellite captured this image of protests in Washington, D.C. Local artists and public work crews painted “BLACK LIVES MATTER” on 16th Street near the White House on June 5, authorised by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. Source: Instagram/maxartechnologies
Dozens of doctors and health-care workers donned white medical coats and protested on Saturday, chanting, “White coats, black lives.”
‘White coats, black lives’: Medical professionals march in D.C. to support Black Lives Matter Dozens of doctors and health-care workers donned white medical coats and protested on Saturday, chanting, “White coats, black lives.” Source: Adam/Zielonka/WashingtonTimes

‘White coats, black lives’: Medical professionals march in D.C. to support Black Lives Matter

Among the several decentralised marches that flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon, one stood out due to its very specific angle, makeup and appearance. Dozens of doctors and health-care workers donned white medical coats and protested on Saturday, chanting, “White coats, black lives.” WAMU reported that the March was co-organised by “White Coats for Black Lives” and medical students from local medical schools.

— tweeted John Scalzi
“I wasn’t aware before that letters painted on a street could offer such perfect shade.” — tweeted John Scalzi Source: Twitter/NBC/JohnScalzi
“Holy cow. The city of DC is out here on 16th steeet behind the White House painting BLACK LIVES MATTER onto the streets — that it owns — stretching all the way to k Street.”
Twitter user Emily Badger tweeted: “Holy cow. The city of DC is out here on 16th steeet behind the White House painting BLACK LIVES MATTER onto the streets — that it owns — stretching all the way to k Street.” Source: Twitter/EmilyBadger
The “Black Lives Matter” slogan was painted onto 16th Street NW in the District on Friday 5 June 2020 Source: ToniSandys/TheWashingtonPost
On Friday, Mayor Bowser announced that the street the mural is on would be renamed to
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser prepares to preside over the renaming of a portion of 16th Street NW near the White House to “Black Lives Matter Plaza” On Friday, Mayor Bowser announced that the street the mural is on would be renamed to “Black Lives Matter Plaza,” telling the media: “We want to call attention today to making sure our nation is more fair and more just and that black lives and black humanity matter in our nation.” Source: TheWashingtonPost
Shortly after 11 a.m., Bowser watched silently as a city worker hung a sign at the corner of 16th and H streets that said “Black Lives Matter Plz NW.”
Black Lives Matter Plz NW: Shortly after 11 a.m., Bowser watched silently as a city worker hung a sign at the corner of 16th and H streets that said “Black Lives Matter Plz NW.” Source: ManuelBalceCeneta/AP/WashingtonPost
D.C. Mayor paints 'BLACK LIVES MATTER' in giant yellow letters on street to the White House. Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had city workers and protesters paint a massive BLACK LIVES MATTER sign on a street that leads to the White House, and has renamed the thoroughfare ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’. Source: Facebook/BrightVibes
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