Civic Centre turns purple to support Black Lives Matter

3 June 2020

civic centre lit up purple

Brent Civic Centre was lit up purple last night (June 2) to show the council’s and the community’s solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign and to condemn the appalling, brutal and callous murder of George Floyd by the police in the United States.

Black Lives Matter is a global campaign against violence and systematic racism towards black and ethnic minority people. It has been the driving force behind protests taking place across the world following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. 

There has been worldwide outrage after a video showing the officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck went viral. Since the end of May protests, both peaceful and violent, have been held in several US cities. Further peaceful protests have been held in London, Manchester and other cities across the UK

This all comes at a time when we know that Brent and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)communities have been very badly impacted by COVID-19. It all paints a very gloomy picture which needs to be addressed internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. We will play our full part.

We in Brent – both as a community and as a council – are very proud of our diversity. We will not tolerate such lack of respect and brutality in our borough.

Let’s all stand together at such a very difficult time.