The campaign to take down slavery symbols in Hollywood continues with an important meeting with Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy and other Hollywood City Officials this Thursday January 12th at 11 AM at Hollywood City Hall (2600 Hollywood Blvd.).
In November, Hollywood elected a new mayor and new commissioners, but the fight continues to remove the daily reminders of racist oppression that come in the form of Hollywood streets named after Confederate generals and slave-owners Hood, Lee and Forrest.
More than 6 months ago, the city’s African-American Advisory Board overwhelmingly voted in favor of changing the street names and it’s a fight that has been going on for years.
The most egregious of these streets is Forrest Street, named after slave master, mass murderer, and first Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest.
According to Hollywood native and historian Dr. Joan Mickelson, as well as original city plans, when developer J.W. Young planned the city in the 1920s, the racist street names did not exist and it was only after Young’s death that the names were changed.
Even without the historical context, it is dehumanizing and cruel to continue to have streets named in tribute to people who committed mass violence against the ancestors of some of the Hollywood residents who now live on those streets. The pressure needs to remain on city officials in Hollywood to change the names of Forrest, Hood and Lee streets to be re-named.