It is a somber week for L.A.’s Armenian population leading up to April 24, which marks the 100th anniversary of a genocide in Turkey that killed an estimated 1.5 million Armenians and permanently displaced hundreds of thousands of others. Last night, City Councilman Paul Krekorian tweeted a picture of City Hall awash in purple light in remembrance of the eight-year-long event. The building will be lit each night this week leading up to the genocide’s centennial proceedings.
LA City Hall will be purple every night this week to commemorate the #ArmenianGenocide #4justice @LAMayorsOffice pic.twitter.com/gNKw6LXnze
— Paul Krekorian (@PaulKrekorian) April 22, 2015
Los Angeles is home to the largest population of Armenian-Americans in the United States. The city’s annual genocide march—this year’s is titled March for Justice—will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24 in Little Armenia. Participants will walk six miles to the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard. In March, a motion put forth by Krekorian and fellow Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell to designate the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue as Armenian Genocide Memorial Square was unanimously approved.