'Barack Obama Boulevard' unveiled in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11) - Los Angeles now has a "Barack Obama Boulevard," a tribute to the 44th president of the United States.
The historic dedication on Saturday where Rodeo Road intersects with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard brought together people of all ages, genders and ethnicities.
"He's living now and that's the best part about it. You can name something when someone is still living," said Los Angeles resident Darryl Maze.
The city council unanimously voted to replace a 3.5-mile stretch of Rodeo Road in the Baldwin Hills area with Barack Obama Boulevard.
The street is near "presidents row," a series of streets named after former presidents including Washington Boulevard, Adams Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard.
The name change carries a deep significance for the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw community.
"Obama Boulevard wouldn't be Obama Boulevard without MLK and so many others," said Los Angeles Urban League President Michael Lawson.
Two pillars of African American history are remembered together to create one of the most significant African American points of interest in the country, with the hope that the two men who created change and left an indelible legacy will continue to inspire.
"it's not only to honor Barack Obama and to make sure our children and our children's children know the significance of these people," said Lawson.