In a unanimous vote by Gresham City Council, a Black Lives Matter flag will fly at City Hall through the month of July to signal support for the movement.
In a motion made by Councilor Jerry Hinton, council also voted to fly a Juneteenth flag throughout the month of June in the coming years to celebrate the holiday honoring the historical and ongoing struggles of the African American community.
"The public knows that we as elected leaders have really strong support for (the Black Lives Matter) movement," said Councilor David Widmark during the Monday, June 22, digital meeting.
Juneteenth — which is observed annually on June 19 — honors the abolition of slavery in the United States and remembers those who had been kept in chains until June 1865, despite the conclusion of the Civil War in April and passage of the Emancipation Proclamation years earlier.
This is the latest step taken by Gresham Council, which formally recognized Juneteenth as a holiday via proclamation last year.
The Black Lives Matter flag will be raised at City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, during a ceremony later this week.
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