A LOS ANGELES councilman stopped the removal of an “All Black Lives Matter” mural – and has now helped to make it a permanent fixture on Hollywood Boulevard.
In June, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell stopped crews from removing the colorful mural on the famed strip just as they began painting on the street.
Now, it’s becoming a permanent symbol on the iconic street after it was passed by the city council on August 19.
The boulevard between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive will be shut down all week as crews install a permanent mural in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This one-block stretch includes the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre and El Capitan Theatre.
“We had a once-in-a-generation moment this weekend in Hollywood as tens of thousands gathered for a peaceful demonstration on one of the most recognizable boulevards in America,” O’Farrell said in a statement, referring to a June 13 march when crews attempted to remove the mural.
“We now have a chance to memorialize the movement in a meaningful way. I look forward to working with BLAC (Black LGBTQIA Action Committee) and other community members on this project,” he continued.
Following George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, the country has seen mass protests that carried for weeks.
Hollywood itself saw its largest demonstration in history, when thousands marched in solidarity down the boulevard on June 13.
The original mural was painted by volunteers ahead of the June 13 march, featuring colors of the LGBTQ and Transgender Pride flags.
However, as crews attempted to scrub down the letters a few days later, O’Farrell stepped in – his cease-order coming as crews already painted over three letters and going into their fourth.
O’Farrell, who is openly gay, participated in the June 13 march, and proposed legislation to make the mural a permanent commemoration.
“Today, after years and years of violence against our Black and Queer communities, we are creating the first memorialized space in Los Angeles dedicated to transgender people of color,” O’Farrell said in a statement.
Los Angeles is the first city to specifically state the mural will a permanent fixture in the city.
Numerous other cities, including New York and Washington, DC, have painted “Black Lives Matter” down famous streets, including one stretch of Fifth Avenue in New York outside of Trump Tower, and on 16th Street near the White House.