The city of Southfield recently took an official stance on the Black Lives Matter movement by installing banners along Evergreen Road.

The city of Southfield recently took an official stance on the Black Lives Matter movement by installing banners along Evergreen Road.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Southfield shows support for Black Lives Matter movement

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 7, 2020

 A sign in front of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road, shows the city’s support for Black Lives Matter.

A sign in front of the Donald F. Fracassi Municipal Campus, 26000 Evergreen Road, shows the city’s support for Black Lives Matter.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — “Enough is enough,” Southfield Mayor Ken Siver said.

The city of Southfield showed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement recently by installing banners with the message along Evergreen Road.

The banners, along with “Southfield Strong” banners, were installed June 25 on the road between 10 Mile and 11 Mile, in front of the city’s municipal complex.

The Southfield City Council also formally showed its support of the movement during a June 8 meeting, where the council unanimously adopted a resolution called “Our Sorrow and Determination for a More Equal and Just Society.”

City officials said the resolution was drafted in order to join the call by former President Barack Obama to “recognize and root out the tragic, painful, maddening effects of systemic racism.”

The death of George Floyd — a black resident in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck — sparked a wave of demonstrations calling for the end of systemic racism and more diligent oversight of how law enforcement utilizes force.

The resolution was read at the meeting by Siver before being approved by the council. The decision to create the resolution stemmed from a need, according to Council President Lloyd Crews, of the council to make a formal statement on the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Black lives matter, as we stated earlier, and we should not be afraid to say that,” Council President Pro Tem Tawnya Morris said.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Linnie Taylor talked about how the recent COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on residents, and racial unrest is also taking its toll on the community.

“We need to acknowledge the significant impact of racism on our society. Any injustice based on race, based on differences, based on bias are beyond intolerable, and as a leader in this city, I support equality and fairness for all,” Taylor said.  “We also need to remind everyone who lives, works or even passes through our city that we do not tolerate discrimination and we treat everyone equally.”

Crews said the city stands united in the fight for peace and justice.

“Black lives do matter. They matter because they are our children, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends and neighbors. They matter because the injustices faced by some are felt by us all! We are better than this, as a nation and a community,” Crews said in a prepared statement.

Call Staff Writer Kayla Dimick at (586) 279-1108.

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