Mayor Brown announces full support for establishing “Black Lives Matter Way” along Fillmore Avenue


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Buffalo, New York (WIVB) – Mayor Byron Brown has announced his full support for the establishment of an “important black way of life” in Buffalo, along Fillmore Street.

Tuesday, The Buffalo Joint Board voted to rename a portion of the street to the Black Lives Matter WayInspired by a two-page letter that a Buffalo teenager wrote to the board in June.

Mayor Brown has instructed Public Works Commissioner Michael Finn to set up a plan to place road signs “in a fast manner so that residents can appreciate this historic moment as quickly as possible,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office on Friday.

According to the press release, on average daily, approximately 9,600 vehicles travel part of the 4.5-mile route that runs between Maine and Smith Streets in Buffalo and crosses parts of Mastin, Vilmore and Ellicott counties.

The “Black Lives Matter Way” Banner will be one of the most visible street signs in Buffalo thanks to this large size.

“As we re-examine our nation’s history through the lens of its influence on the black population
First as a result of slavery, then through the passage of apartheid Jim Crow laws, and now with recognition of the grievances that have been incorporated into the criminal justice system, ”the mayor said.“ It is appropriate that the name of a street that honors a prominent buffalo figure has changed in this way to reconcile his mixed legacy with our racial awareness. the biggest.”


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