Evanston City Council votes unanimously to designate street in front of high school as 'Black Lives Matter Way'

“Black Lives Matter” complete on Dodge Avenue between Church and Lake streets.
“Black Lives Matter” complete on Dodge Avenue between Church and Lake streets. Photo credit Steve Lemieux-Jordan, Evanston Photographic Studios via Evanston Roundtable

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Evanston City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to honorarily change the name of a strip of Dodge Avenue to “Black Lives Matter Way.”

The block-long designation in front of Evanston Township High School, on Dodge Avenue between Church and Lake streets, is where members of the high school’s boys' basketball team painted “Black Lives Matter” in large yellow letters in July.

Some spoke before the council vote, including Blake Peters.

"This is a great opportunity to promote a lot of the values that many of us in our community hold dear," Peters said.

Basketball coach Mike Ellis and Ald. Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, pushed for the designation, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The vote was unanimous.

"I am really glad to see a permanent installation to our commitment to black lives," said Alderwoman Robin Rue Simmons.

And students said it is another step toward equality.

Honorary street name signs are displayed for 10 years, according to a memo to Evanston aldermen and the mayor from Lawrence Hemingway, director of parks, recreation and community services.

Street signs will be displayed at each end of the designated area, with a third sign given to the honoree. The cost of the Black Lives Matter designation is $200 and is paid for from the city’s traffic operations materials fund.