Texas Street Renamed to Honor Sandra Bland

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Sandra Bland, who died mysteriously in a Texas jail cell in July, will have a street named in her honor in the Lone Star state.

The Prairie View local city council agreed to rename a street near Prairie View A&M University “Sandra Bland Parkway,” according to Houston Public Media. A park is slated to be named after Bland as well. The HBCU was Bland’s alma mater and she had recently relocated to the city to begin a new job at the university.

“Activist Denise Mattox says the street will honor Bland’s memory in a community that’s been shocked by her death, ‘and maybe because we are remembering every day, with every citation written, every time we turn down this road, we’re remembering what can happen if we don’t do things correctly.’”

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Earlier this month, Bland’s family announced they were filing a federal lawsuit against Trooper Brian Encinia, the man that pulled Bland over that fateful day in July.


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How about instead you honor Ms. Bland’s memory by firing the cop who unjustly arrested her.