Over the weekend, a large Black Lives Matter mural was painted on a section of Fulton Street outside of the Billie Holiday Theatre in Restoration Plaza, all in all, a 114-meter stretch. The piece mirrors the mural that went up in Washington D.C. recently near the White House, with bold yellow lettering that’s particularly striking when seen from above.
The project was a joint effort between the Billie Holiday Theatre and Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr., who had reached out to artist Dawud West for the project.
Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Bed-Stuy block would be pedestrians-only all summer, and the city is “working with the MTA to coordinate nearby transit.”
The police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, sparked protests across the United States and worldwide.
A video of the incident shows Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old pleaded: “I can’t breathe.”
Following the killing, protests erupted in at least 140 US cities, with thousands of people taking to the streets against police violence.