Black Lives Matter mural unveiled outside Yonkers City Hall
A new Black Lives Matter mural was unveiled Monday in Yonkers.
The words “Black Lives Matter” were painted on South Broadway outside City Hall by local residents this weekend
The community didn't just paint it, they also funded the project, making it a point to include the names of victims of police brutality.
Organizers with nonprofit Yonkers Arts say the project's purpose is to make voices heard when it comes to racial justice.
While similar murals crop up in cities all over the country, people here say this one has its own significance.
"It's very important for us to have this here in Yonkers because we understand that Yonkers has had its issues with race and racism in the past,” says Ray Wilcox, executive director of Yonkers Arts.
Local officials say they fully support the painting.
"You don't have to agree with everything that Black Lives stands for. But you can believe in the essence of what they're trying to accomplish,” says Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.
Organizers say they are hoping other communities will link together, creating their own murals as well.