Historic Presidential Election To Be Celebrated With 'OBAMA WAY' Street Renaming in Gardena, CA

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City of Gardena, CA Could Be First in Nation to Name a Street After President Obama. Gardena City Councilmember Steven Bradford raised the motion before City Council as part of the city's Black History Month Trailblazer Awards. This year it was timely and fitting to use the Trailblazer Award to honor the country's first African-American President with the street dedication and provide the community and specifically the young people at Purche Avenue Elementary School a daily reminder of the significant achievements of African-Americans and motivate them to what is possible

This year it was timely and fitting to use the Trailblazer Award to honor our country's first African-American President with the street dedication and provide the community and specifically the young people at Purche Avenue Elementary School a daily reminder of the significant achievements of African-Americans and motivate them to what is possible.

Councilmember Steven C. Bradford brought a motion to Tuesday's regular city council meeting to rename 132nd Street in the city of Gardena to Obama Way in honor of the country's first African-American President and as part of the city's Annual Black History Month Celebration. The proposed renamed Obama Way would be between Ardath and Western Avenues in front of Purche Avenue Elementary School and Rowley Park.

"As part of the city of Gardena's Annual Black History Month Celebration, for the past 11 years a "Trailblazer Award" has been bestowed on a deserving individual," Councilmember Bradford said. "This year it was timely and fitting to use the Trailblazer Award to honor our country's first African-American President with the street dedication and provide the community and specifically the young people at Purche Avenue Elementary School a daily reminder of the significant achievements of African-Americans and motivate them to what is possible."

Gardena City Council will reconvene a final vote in 60 days, review costs and impact. The City of Gardena would then plan an unveiling and official street renaming at a ceremony attended by local, state and federal elected officials with an invitation going to President Obama, Michelle Obama, or a representative of the administration.
Steven C. Bradford, who attended Purche Avenue Elementary School, has been a City of Gardena Councilmember since March 1997 and started the Trailblazer Award in 1998 as a way to honor outstanding citizens as part of Black History Month celebrations in the city. The Councilman is serving his third continuous four-year term after being the first African-American to be elected to council. Bradford is currently a Region Manager, Public Affairs with Southern California Edison and continues to reside in Gardena.

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