#ChangetheName of Good Hope Rd to Marion #BarryAve

#ChangetheName of Good Hope Rd to Marion #BarryAve

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Barry Ave Naming Committee started this petition to Council of DC

Mayor Marion S. Barry, Jr. was a transformational figure. Given the beloved title “Mayor for Life” , Marion changed the city of Washington, DC from a sleepy southern town into a vibrant and diverse center of economic opportunity and prosperity for both residents and businesses.

Because of Marion, DC has thriving commercial centers. Because of Marion, there are black businesses and black executives from DC’s main streets to Wall Street who were able to gain entry into the most closed and exclusive corridors of power. These women and men—now many of them millionaires many times over—would be the first to tell you that Marion gave them their first opportunity, their first contract, and their first real chance at success. He put DC on the National map as a progressive, diverse and welcoming City.

But perhaps Marion’s greatest accomplishment was the hope and opportunities he provided for everyday people in his City. He believed that every man, women and child in our Nation’s Capital was worthy of respect, the right to be gainfully employed, and to have access to decent housing and good schools.
Marion believed in lifting others as one climbed. He made tremendous and unheralded personal sacrifices so that others would have greater opportunities than he did growing up and toiling in the Delta cotton fields of Mississippi.

One can never question his humanity, his dedication, his drive, or his love for his people. Marion was a hero in every sense of the word. This was no more evident than in his beloved Ward 8. Marion lived in Ward 8. He served the people of his Ward as Councilmember, Mayor and School Board President. He loved the Ward. Yet there is no permanent remembrance of him in Ward 8.  The Community needs your support!  Sign the petition to change the name of a corridor which Marion traversed daily from Good Hope Road to Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. Avenue, as he was the true hope of his ward and its residents.

Sign the petition and then use the hashtags #ChangetheName and #BarryAve on social media. 

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