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U-M, Ann Arbor businesses, organizations observe Blackout Tuesday

The Michigan Theater tweeted this photo of its marquee on June 1, 2020.
The Michigan Theater tweeted this photo of its marquee on June 1, 2020. (The Michigan Theater)

ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan and several local businesses and organizations have joined the Blackout Tuesday movement created by music industry executives to disrupt the work week and draw attention to the protests and the broader conversation across the country in response to recent police killings.

Individuals and businesses alike are taking to social media posting blackout images, some plain and some with text, as a show of unity with the black community.

“#TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard,” wrote music executives and founders Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang on their official site.

The site also lists resources to help the families of murdered men George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, to donate funds to protesters and to learn more about racism and building grass roots campaigns.

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Several local organizations, businesses and departments at the University of Michigan have posted online in solidarity with Blackout Tuesday.

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