INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night adopted a special resolution calling for the city to paint the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on a stretch of Indiana Avenue “to convey a message condemning racism and inequality.”
The resolution was sponsored by Council President Vop Osili and councilors Leroy Robinson, Maggie Lewis, Zach Adamson, Ali Brown, Keith Graves, Crista Carlino, Keith Potts, John Barth and Ethan Evans.
The Indy10 Black Lives Matter organization has called for a “street mural & block party” from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 1 on Indiana Avenue. A flyer asks for people interested in “painting” and “performing.”
The street painting in Indianapolis would run along Indiana Avenue from Paca Street to the intersection with West Street, where the Indiana Historical Bureau in 1994 erected a sign saying, “African Americans, by the 1890s, had established a vibrant social, commercial, and economic community along Indiana Avenue. Black entertainers, entrepreneurs, politicians, and working people developed the Avenue into a thriving, widely-known neighborhood of theaters, jazz clubs, stores, offices, and residences.”
In the weeks following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, communities around the country have painted “Black Lives Matter” on their streets.