Press Release: On Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 4:27p.m., thousands of Prairie View students will join with the family and friends of Sandra Bland in a “Walk of Solidarity” to the City of Prairie View’s City Hall, where the council will vote on a measure to rename the main thoroughfare leading to Prairie View A&M University, Sandy Bland Parkway.

If the measure is adopted, the Prairie View community will make a powerful statement that #blacklivesmatter as they honor a young Black, unemployed female graduate of Prairie View, who died in a Waller County jail, under mysterious circumstances.

The “walk” will depart from the Memorial Student Center on the campus of Prairie View A&M University
and proceed south (one mile) on University Drive to Business Highway U. S. 290 east, (1/4 mile) to the
Prairie View City Hall.

The council action is the first item on the mayor’s agenda. The council meeting is called to order at

For more information please contact DeWayne Charleston 573-356-9872; Hai Bui 281-330-4351;
Cynthia Cole 713-540-0706; for radio interviews call Michael Moore 832-723-7156


  1. Melissa Hebbel August 21, 2015 11:07 am 

    All lives matter! Sandra Bland, God rest her soul did not die under mysterious circumstances! She killed herself because she was let down by her family and friends who would not even scrape up $500. to bond her out. Apparently Their daughters life did not matter to them.

    I am white, my ex-husband broke into my home in beat me with my two disabled sons in the home and the Waller County and the DA refused to try the case because he said ” I was not a credible witness” BTW my ex called with Law enforcement there after the attack and said “Tell Melissa she better not press charges on me” to the officer on the scene. It is not just black people that experience injustice.

    • kYLEE August 21, 2015 1:51 pm 

      Melissa, Maybe you should get your facts straight before you start making ignorant comments, They had the money they were waiting for her to call them back to find out next step but she never called again. You’re disgusting comment speaks volumes on the type of person you are..As far as her death you don’t know what really happened, either way fact remains she should have never been there, Whether dead by her own hands or not that cop is responsible for her death, and should be stripped of his badge! As far as Waller County their whole Sheriffs office, DA, Trey Duhon they’re all corrupt as fuck!! If the DA refused your case then apparently your life did not matter to them!! Not nice to hear that huh? I really don’t mean it b/c if what you’re saying is true then you to were let down by the system..but for you to pass judgement on her and say her family didn’t give a fuck is just ignorance!!

  2. Brian Martin August 21, 2015 11:57 am 

    I don’t want to talk ill of the dead but for someone that killed herself in jail and has as many outstanding fines, infractions, dui’s, etc. has no business having a street named after her for other young people to look up to black or white.

    • Ann August 26, 2015 10:02 am 

      Her family was tired of bailing her out, since she had been in jail a few times. I’m sure it was tough love, despite what is now said. A gentleman from Prairie View with whom she stayed, both in April and when she was arrested, was the first person she called. He said he would be there right away, but later quit answering her calls and let them go to voicemail. He brought her down here to get a job and was 30 years her senior. He must’ve known Sandra had problems and he is a CAD. A street should not be named for someone who was so troubled. Streets names are for those who lead exemplary lives…like Dr. Red Duke.

  3. April Faure August 21, 2015 2:10 pm 

    She died because she killed herself, nothing mysterious about that. Her autopsy showed this to be fact. An autopsy that was not done my the Sheriff’s cousin, Bubba, at midnight, by candlelight. The autopsy was performed by a Harris Co. coroner. Harris Co, which includes Houston, Tx, the 4th largest city in the U.S. I am more than reasonably certain that the coroner knew what she was talking about. She was in the jail because of her own actions. She refused the lawful order to get out of her vehicle. MImms Law. She resisted arrest, which is unlawful even if you feel the arrest is unjustified. This is because most people feel that the arrest is unjustified when they are arrested. And finally, she kicked an officer. Felony. Her family did not need to wait for her to call. The Waller Co. jail is listed in the phone book. And finally, why would any town name a street after a foul mouthed woman who committed suicide. One that made it a point to incite hate, and engage the police. One that had $7000 in unpaid legal fines.

  4. Chris August 22, 2015 9:55 pm 

    I don’t want to remember her that way on a parkway that leads into the school campus. It needs to be majority alumni in this walk if they truly believe in renaming parkway like that. Would it make some sense and more a statement to rename the road where she was arrested from? Putting it through the campus is like segregating to the campus and is like those people in all of prairie view just saying, well, it’s through their campus and not where we’ll see it in town so it’s basically segregated and not so much a statement and laughing, too, and just giving them what they want. Which is like being ignored. If they’re prejudice or just don’t care about prairie view university enough, they’ll likely never see it and avoid it and it won’t be that statement in their lives and will just be in memory like anything else from there so wrong place for the road.

  5. Maya B August 24, 2015 10:06 pm 

    I am so excited for tomorrow . Sandra Bland death reminds me everyday to stay aware and awake with what is happening in this world . True, all lives matter ,but not ALL have a negative connotation affiliated with the color of their skin. Not ALL are being threatened for knowing their rights ( or rights they should have ). Not ALL have to deal with oppressed each in every day ,So when we say BLACK lives matter , we speak for those who tried and died for it .( Sandra Bland, Trayvon martin, Michael Brown ,etc. )

  6. Brian Martin August 25, 2015 2:13 pm 

    Does it not matter that they are trying to immortalize someone with such disregard for the law and herself for kids to look up to? Whether she was mistreated this time or not she has a extensive record of DUI’s, lack of insurance, possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia here and in Illinois. She cut herself and attempted suicide before. It’s not okay.

  7. Andrew August 26, 2015 9:18 am 

    I think this is all a bunch of crap. I believe if we are all going to start naming streets it should be of our HEROs fighting for our country, or the HEROs that have died fighting for our country. What about drunk driving victims that might have died on that street. Not a girl who killed herself. If she was a white girl in the same situation it would not be all over the news with protests. We have people looking to have a reason to protest and get their faces on TV? I believe that the counsel knew that if they rejected the proposal, they could face more protests, roits, or just plain hate, and that made the choice for them

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