ROSELLE, NJ - A "Black Lives Matter" street mural, sponsored by the Union County Freeholder Board, has been painted in yellow eight-foot letters on Chestnut Street in front of Borough Hall in Roselle on Wednesday evening. Freeholders Andrea Staten, Angela Garretson and Rebecca Williams were instrumental in having the project come to fruition.
“Black Lives Matter is meant to represent a commitment to social justice in our community and a call for all people of color to be valued, treated humanely and fairly. It’s our demand for equal treatment under the laws of the land,” said Staten, a resident of Roselle. The street mural project was completed in-house by Union County with no additional cost to taxpayers.
Black Lives Matter banners will also be placed throughout Union County.
“Affirming that Black Lives Matter is expressing our support for inclusivity,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella, “and fighting for justice against racist practices to which Black people have been subjected to throughout their lives.”
At the August 19 Roselle Council meeting, Roselle Mayor Atkins will have an official borough proclamation read into the record affirming that Black Lives Matter in Roselle.