If you’ve been paying attention to the city of Atlanta debates over the re-naming of two downtown thoroughfares, then more than likely you have an opinion.
Cone Street was so named after Judge Ruben Cone. Judge Cone was instrumental in the founding of early Atlanta, originally known as Terminus. A request for Cone St. to be re-named after a worthy, and living, Xernona Clayton, has been made before the Atlanta city council.
Clayton is known for her black-tie event, the Trumpet Awards, which brings glitz to Atlanta. She was best friend to the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and has worldwide philanthropic efforts, as stated by former Atlanta Mayor, Andrew Young.
Another street, Harris Street, has been proposed to be renamed for Atlanta architect, John Portman.
Ambassador Young stated in front of the Atlanta city council that architect Portman has built nearly all of the buildings on that street. It seems that there is no particular uproar over the Harris St. change.
Enter the descendants of Judge Cone. They aren’t taking too kindly to having their forebear’s honor being erased, and such they’re quite vocal in their opposition.
I’m in agreement with alternative ways of honoring those worthy. This prevents malevolence towards the honorees and respects the legacy of those long gone.
Bestow statues, plaques, or a building, perhaps. There are many ways to show gratitude, and endow prestige to the worthy, without taking a hacksaw to history.
Might I add-
Atlanta, have you considered
She does God’s work with her Hosea Feed The Hungry charity and foundation. Every holiday somehow Mrs. Omilami and her army of volunteers rise to the ever growing needs of the poor in Atlanta and beyond.
Omilami, daughter of Civil Rights leader Rev. Hosea Williams, who has a street named after him, even ventured to earthquake torn Haiti last year to help the downtrodden.
Atlanta, please consider Elizabeth Omilami for an honor. She has honored and remembered the least of us.
Surely, Atlanta hasn’t become so high-brow that humanitarian efforts aren’t championed.
Just remember that there’s no need to take the eraser to someone else’s name, thereby dishonoring one, in order to honor another.