Saturday, December 19, 2015

From Wayne Washington at the Post: "Florida's Old Dixie Hwy becomes President Barack Obama Hwy"

Here is the article by Wayne Washington about the road name change from Old Dixie Highway to the now President Barack Obama Hwy in Riviera Beach. Interestingly, there is now a location where President Barack Obama Hwy and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd intersect which seems altogether timely and historically appropriate.
Official White House photograph of President Barack Obama.
Here is an excerpt from the article: 
     Goodbye, Old Dixie. Hello, President Barack Obama.
     The city of Riviera Beach in Florida has begun replacing Old Dixie Highway signs with ones honoring the nation’s first black president.
Many black Americans have little love for the term “Dixie,” a reference to the slave-holding South. Obama, on the other hand, is revered by most black Americans.
     Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters pushed for the street sign change from Old Dixie to Obama, and his colleagues on the City Council agreed.
Here is a news segment from NBC5/WPTV's Tory Dunnan on this topic: