District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser approved of a mural on 16th street, which was unveiled on Friday as a large “BLACK LIVES MATTER” painted on the road. Washington Wizards All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal approved of the new artwork adjacent to the White House.
Beal thanked the D.C. mayor in a Instagram post showing the (in the literal meaning of the phrase) street art.
Mayor Bowser also renamed the street “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The Wizards guard's appreciation for a visual representation of today's civil rights movement comes while the United States is in the midst of ongoing national protests aiming to recognize the plight of African Americans and people of color, who are disproportionately targeted by law enforcement and killed in police custody.
On Memorial Day, Houston native George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, which has since launched a national and global movement to end police brutality.
Bradley Beal has been in the news for on-court reasons recently, namely rumors that the Wizards could trade him to the Brooklyn Nets to add a star to the Kyrie Irving-Kevin Durant duo. Beal and his agent, however, have since denied those rumors.
The St. Louis native is appreciating his time in the nation's capital on Friday with a proud gesture to recognize Black Lives Matter by Mayor Bowser, the second woman ever to hold the mayorship in Washington D.C.