Five-mile stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard Renamed Malcolm X Route

Community residents and elected officials gathered over the weekend to celebrate the designation of a five-mile tract of roadway along Crenshaw Boulevard as “Malcolm X Route”.

      “This five-mile stretch of Crenshaw Boulevard pays homage to the legacy of Malcolm X who dedicated his life to Black empowerment and pride,” said L.A. City Councilwoman Heather Hutt, who was one of those spearheading the initiative along with Torre Brannon-Reese of Famli, who led the petition drive.

      “Our hopes,” said Hutt, “are when you see the sign in honor of Malcolm X, it will foster a sense of pride and belonging amongst those in this community, and learning for others… Because this area of the city primarily consists of the Black/African community, the route will intersect with the Rosa Parks Freeway, Obama Blvd, Martin Luther King Blvd [and] Sankofa Park as well as Nipsey Hussle Square.”

      Specifically, Malcolm X Route starts at the I-10 extending south along Crenshaw Boulevard to West 79th Street.

      Among the officials turning out for the unveiling ceremony were Congresswoman Sydney Kamlager-Dove and Assemblymember Isaac Bryan.

      “It is just as appropriate that we honor Malcolm X with this signage just as it is appropriate that we continue to fight for economic justice, self-determination, generational wealth-building and expanded access to educational spaces,” Kamlager-Dove remarked.

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