“Black Lives Matter” Billboard Raised at Corner of Detroit
By Fletcher Word
Sojourner’s Truth Editor
The Community Response
Solidarity Network unveiled its “Black Lives Matter”
billboard at the corner of Detroit and Bancroft on Tuesday,
July 21, during a ceremony featuring reflections from key
members of the group – Washington Muhammad, Julian Mack and
The morning’s event
focused on the recent incidents of police killings of
African Americans, such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,
that have sparked protests around the US and the world.
“Police brutality has to
end,” said Mack, the keynote speaker. “We are using various
tactic to give voice to the voiceless,” he said. “We want
justice, equal justice under the law and for all lives to
matter, black lives must matter.
“This is not the work of
one individual but the work of collective that has brought
us to this point … the work we do today is on the shoulders
of giants, we must keep that perspective,” he added.
In addition to the
billboard, the CSRN will be distributing yard signs with the
“Black Lives Matter” text as well as those urging
authorities to “defund the police.”
The Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo was formed on
November 25, 2014, the day after it was announced that the
killer (a Ferguson, Missouri police officer) of Michael
Brown (an unarmed teenager) would not be indicted.