Prairie View City Council votes to rename street after Sandra Bland

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PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - A victory for Sandra Bland more than a month after her death in a Waller County jail cell. The Prairie View City Council voted Tuesday night to rename University Drive. It will be called Sandra Bland Parkway in honor of the 28-year-old.

"It memorializes her, it creates a legacy for her because she stood up, she spoke her rights, she knew her rights," said march organizer Dewayne Charleston.

The decision came after Bland's friends and supporters marched through the town, even passing the spot where she was arrested. Those protesters were joined by Bland's family.

"The bottom line is the community has been behind us 100 percent," said Bland's sister, Sharon Cooper. "I think it's important for us to stand in solidarity with them as they have with us."

Organizers say the city council vote is an important one for the Prairie View community, where law enforcement officers will now get constant reminders about Bland.

"They will be forced to write her name on every citation or warning that they give," said Charleston.

Bland graduated from Prairie View A&M and was set to start her dream job there just days after her July 10 arrest. But on July 13, she was found hanging in her jail cell.

Though she's gone, the city council has now ensured she will not be forgotten.