Prairie View, Texas to Rename Street After Sandra Bland


Police brutality activists protesting the deaths of African-American women in the last year have demanded that people “say her name” to keep the cases in the spotlight. Now, motorists and residents of a northern Texas city will soon see Sandra Bland’s name on street signs near her alma mater.

The City Council in Prairie View, Texas, voted Tuesday to change the name of University Drive to Sandra Bland Parkway, the local KHOU-TV reported. Bland, the 28-year-old Chicago-area woman who was found dead in her jail cell in a county jail just days after she was arrested by a Texas trooper, was expected to begin a new job at Prairie View A&M University before she died.

University Drive stretches from State Highway 290 to Owens Road, where the university’s campus begins. Before the five-member City Council voted to rename the road, family and friends of Bland held a “walk of solidarity” Tuesday afternoon with university student.

The group marched from the university to Prairie View City Hall, where the council meeting was held, according to reports.

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SOURCE: International Business Times, Aaron Morrison

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