The City of Angels has renamed one of its streets to honor the nation’s first African-American president over the weekend. According to reports, a nearly four-mile stretch of thoroughfare known as Rodeo Road will now be called “Barack Obama Boulevard.”
The location holds special importance because Obama held his first campaign rally on Feb. 20, 2007, at Rancho Cienega Park. The park is on Rodeo Road and sits directly across from W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“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,” City Council President Herb Wesson tweeted Saturday. (May 4)
Wesson introduced the idea to rename the road back in 2007 and the motion was approved last August. The timing was also notable because it marked the 10 year anniversary of when Barack Obama officially became the first black man to become the Democratic party’s presidential nominee.
“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President Barack Obama when traveling across L.A,” Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted.