During a special ceremony over the weekend, the city of Los Angeles named a 3.5-mile stretch of Rodeo Road (not to be confused with Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive) after former President Barack Obama, now called Obama Boulevard.
The change was approved in August and became a permanent staple this weekend in front of a large audience.
“What a proud day for L.A.! This boulevard that connects our city is now named for one of the greatest presidents that this nation has ever seen,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet following the unveiling of a President Barack Obama Boulevard sign.
“President Obama was a tremendous ally to our city and I’m proud to call him a friend. With our new #ObamaBlvd, we acknowledge his contributions to our city and our country,” Garcetti added in another tweet.
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, who introduced the legislation for the name change, said, “For every child who will drive down this street and see the name of the first Black President of our country, this boulevard will serve as a physical reminder that no goal is out of reach and that no dream is too big.”
The 3.5-mile road runs through a predominantly African-American residential area and past Rancho Cienga Park, where Obama held a campaign rally on Feb. 20, 2007, in his historic campaign to the White House.
We hope this honor empowers people in this community to do incredible things. As a community, we have to protect the name of our leaders as well as use them as pulpits to strive for greatness.
Congrats to President Barack Obama and his family!