A Buffalo teen wrote a letter, which has inspired the Common Council to look into renaming a street in the city after 'Black Lives Matter.'

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Buffalo Common Council president Darius Pridgen said the Council is looking into renaming a street in Buffalo after the 'Black Lives Matter' movement, according to WIVB. A 17-year-old student wrote an inspiring letter requesting the change. Frederick Law Olmsted student Mekhi Edwards wants young people to unite to create a 'Black Lives Matter' onto a Buffalo street. Mekhi, who owns a photography business, is also donating part of the money he makes to Black Lives Matter and the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

“People tend to muzzle our voice and our opinions, as well as our parents feeling wary about us going to protest because of the fear of us not making it home. Many people that I know don’t have the extra funds to donate and signing petitions can only go so far- that leaves us questioning, ‘what else’? “Although painting “Black Lives Matter” isn’t going to change anything in the literal sense of the current issues, it is going to build and solidify that black lives have and will always matter.” ~ Frederick Law Olmsted student Mekhi Edwards

Darius Pridgen created a resolution that would name Mekhi the Honorary Youth Chairperson of the project. The resolution, which will be on the Common Council agenda for June 23, will also ask the City of Buffalo to work with the Council to choose a street.

I am so proud of my Charlotte family (I worked there for five years) for this street mural! It would be beautiful to see art and the fight for equality come together here in Buffalo!


Black Lives Matter Art

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