DETROIT (AP) – A white muralist from Miami is expressing his support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement one word at a time on a Detroit art gallery exterior wall.

Renda Writer tells The Associated Press Friday that when the commissioned project is completed the phrase will have been written thousands of times.

Writer started Monday behind the N’Namdi gallery, north of downtown, and says he is using art “to raise awareness to the disproportionate numbers of blacks being killed by police.”

“Black Lives Matter” as a slogan surfaced after the 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. It became more of a cause following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

Some law enforcement agencies leaders said the movement instigates violence against police.

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