Atlanta unveils street signs honoring civil rights icon John Lewis

Atlanta unveils street signs honoring civil rights icon John Lewis
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Atlanta officials on Wednesday unveiled new street signs that will rename a busy four-lane street in honor of Rep. John LewisJohn LewisCongress losing faith in Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi Obama to urge rejection of 'authoritarian politics and policies' in speech Florida's Darren Soto fends off Dem challenge from Alan Grayson MORE (D-Ga.).

The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a measure last December to change the name of Freedom Parkway to John Lewis Freedom Parkway.

The signs will be installed next month, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday.


The measure to change the name of the street was introduced by Councilman Andre Dickens, who spoke at the dedication ceremony on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old lawmaker, who was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981 and and to Congress in 1986, is considered a civil rights icon.

Lewis served as a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s, and he led the voting rights march from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

He has frequently spoken out against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE’s policies and boycotted his inauguration.

Lewis told the Journal-Constitution in December that he was “deeply moved” by the honor.

“The city and people have been very good to me and I’m more than grateful,” he said. “Everyday in metro Atlanta I feel more than lucky, but really blessed.” 

Multiple other landmarks in the metro Atlanta area honor Lewis, including a school, a mural and John Lewis Plaza in Freedom Park.