Black Lives Matter organizers plan to paint a street mural in Nashville on Saturday.
Muralist Thaxton Waters II and other artists plan to paint the mural along Woodland Avenue, the same day as the Women’s March in Nashville, Fox 17 News reported. Organizers say they soon will announce events for that day, and they expect over 10,000 to attend.
Organizers on Monday said this mural will have the same yellow lettering as other murals as well as: The “B” will include colors of the African flag (red, black and green); The “L” will be include LGBTQ and feature rainbow colors; and the “M” will represent Music City.
Those behind the mural are approaching Metro Nashville Public Works for permission to close the road while working on the project, WSMV reported.
A Black Lives Matter Nashville street mural also was discussed in August with the blessing of some Metro Council members, The Tennessee Star reported.
“During a Minority Caucus meeting Tuesday, At-Large Councilwoman Sharon Hurt spoke about proposals and phone calls being submitted to the caucus for a BLM mural. She said two key things were missing from most proposals, approval from the mayor’s office and the actual funding behind it. She spoke about other cities, like D.C. and Baltimore, who’ve had their murals led by or with the high support of the mayor’s office,” the station reported.
There is also a petition circulating on Change.org calling for a mural near the State Capitol.
I feel Nashville is a city that needs to show more support for Black lives and show the world that racism, racial injustice, and the attempted destruction of Black lives will not be tolerated. Many cities are stepping up to show support and I think Nashville should do the same. I believe Charlotte Ave/MLK Blvd, directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol, will be the perfect place for OUR Black Lives Matter Mural.
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