COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
OFFICE OF COUNCILMEMBER TRAYON WHITE, SR., WARD EIGHT
For Immediate Release
December 14, 2022
Julia Jessie, 202.724.8045
Supporters Rallied in Favor of Renaming of Good Hope Road to Marion Barry Avenue During Public Hearing
(Washington, DC) — Supporters rallied in favor of renaming Good Hope Road, SE to Marion Barry Avenue, SE at the December 13th public hearing on Bill 24-1064, the “Marion Barry Avenue Designation Act of 2022.” One hundred forty-one witnesses signed-up to testify for the hearing.
“Thousands of residents signed a petition to change Good Hope Road, SE, to Marion Barry Avenue, SE, as a symbolic way to honor Marion Barry,” recounted Councilmember Trayon White in his opening remarks. “Today is a formality that would delay our aims until the next council period. Nevertheless, we are here. Over one hundred in number waiting for the opportunity to be heard,” stated Councilmember White.
On October 24, 2022, Councilmember White introduced the “Marion Barry Avenue Designation Act of 2022.” The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers Lewis George, McDuffie, Nadeau, Gray, Bonds, Henderson, Pinto, Allen, R. White, and Councilmember Silverman joined later as a co-sponsor. Only Chairman Mendelson and Councilmember Cheh did not support the legislation. On October 27, 2022, Councilmember White introduced the “Marion Barry Avenue Designation Emergency Act of 2022.” Subsequently, a public hearing notice was circulated on October 31, 2022, to hear from residents regarding the name change.
Most of the witnesses primarily spoke on Mayor Barry being a transformative figure woven into the foundational fabric of Washington, DC. Witnesses spoke about Barry’s contributions as a former mayor, a councilmember for Ward 8, his previous work as a civil rights activist, and his leadership role in SNCC. Additionally, witnesses highlighted the economic impact Barry provided to black and brown residents in the district and felt the street naming was just a start to recognizing his lifetime work and contributions to the city.
“Renaming Good Hope Road is a dedicated effort to remind people of his sacrifices and contributions to this city, specifically in Ward 8,” stated Councilmember White.
“Because we are at the end of Council Period 24, this bill will have to be reintroduced; however, another public hearing will not be necessary to bring it to the Council for a final vote.”
To watch the full public hearing, please visit https://youtu.be/4xAFr95ng_I