December 27, 2008

Florida couple urge road named Obama

Hollywood, Fla., may join Opa-locka, Fla., St. Louis and Masaka, Uganda, in naming streets after President-elect Barack Obama.

Thomas and Theresa Smith, activists in Hollywood's predominantly black Washington Park neighborhood, say they've gotten a positive response from city leaders to their request to rename Pembroke Road, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday.

He's the first black president of our country; the first! Thomas said.

Hollywood has streets named after presidents, but because Pembroke Road is a state road, the renaming ceremony, if it happens, is a way off, say city officials, who need approval from the Florida Legislature.

Opa-locka last week became the first city in Florida to honor Obama, naming a road President Barack Obama Avenue. The Obama name also is to appear on streets in St. Louis and in the town of Masaka, Uganda, where Obama has relatives.