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City-County Council approves request for painting of 'Black Lives Matter' message on downtown street

The council approve a request to have the message painted on Indiana Avenue near the Madame Walker Theatre downtown.

INDIANAPOLIS — The City-County Council approved a request Monday night calling for the "Black Lives Matter" message to be painted on a downtown Indianapolis street.

The council adopted the special resolution at its meeting Monday, calling on city government "to convey a message condemning racism and inequality" with the painting.

The words "Black Lives Matter" would be painted on Indiana Avenue between West and Paca streets on the northwest side of downtown. The Madame Walker Theatre and Indianapolis Urban League are located on that stretch of road.

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The council also introduced a resolution Monday to create the Indianapolis Commission on African American Males. 

"This bi-partisan proposal will place our city on the pathway towards establishing an Indianapolis commission who will not only identify challenges but offer solutions for addressing issues impacting Black males in Indianapolis," Councilor Maggie Lewis said.

The measure will be presented to committee next week.  

Materials for the painting project will be paid for by Indy Black Lives Matter.