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The flag will remain in place throughout the month of July in support of movement

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - Gresham City Council voted to raise a Black Lives Matter flag outside of City Hall through the rest of July.There is a new flag flying at Gresham City Hall this month — signaling elected leadership's support of a national movement advocating for the Black community.

A Black Lives Matter flag was raised Wednesday morning, July 15, and will remain up through the rest of the month after a unanimous vote last month by Gresham City Council. In a motion made by Councilor Jerry Hinton, the group 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.

The Black Lives Matter flag can be found at City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. There had been a plan for a flag raising ceremony, but city leadership was concerned a large turnout would break social distancing guidelines.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF GRESHAM - The Black Lives Matter is now up at Gresham City Hall.

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