Georgia Highway Re-dedicated to first African-American
Female Congresswoman from Georgia
June 14, 2000
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Cynthia A. McKinney (D-GA) had a
major thoroughfare in the Fourth Congressional District dedicated
in her honor today.
Memorial Dive, which has been the gateway to the Confederate-inscribed
Stone Mountain, was renamed the "Cynthia McKinney Parkway". Ironically
Stone Mountain, with its giant carvings of Confederate heroes, was
the same site where the Georgia Ku Klux Klan met and organized back
in the 1930's.
More than two hundred supporters, public officials and community
leaders gathered today in ninety-degree weather to witness the re-dedication.
Speakers also thanked McKinney for her work on behalf of her district
during her eight years in Congress.
After watching "The Men of God" perform a mime-like dance while
wearing white make-up, State Rep. Billy McKinney, the Congresswoman's
father commented, "I remember when we couldn't even go up to Stone
Mountain. Now here we are watching performers wearing whiteface."
The elder McKinney continued, "I am quite grateful to the Georgia
House and Senate to have thought enough of my daughter to honor
her like this." "But she didn't get to Congress by herself… she
got here with the help and support of the many good people in her
district." Memorial Dive is now a highway of pride."
Many others present praised the Congresswoman for her many years
of dedication to public service. "Cynthia has been the kind of public
official who touches lives not just counts votes", said one supporter.
"She is a true leader and not just a local leader or a state leader
or even just a national leader. She is an international leader."
One supporter who admitted to being a Republican thanked the Congresswoman
for helping him get the medals he earned during WWII. John Collins
drove in from another district to say, "Cynthia is truly my friend
and she really works hard for all of her constituents and her service
to us all is bipartisan."
After thanking all who were instrumental in today's dedication
and her political career, McKinney said, " We all must stand up
and make a difference. It is our responsibility to make change.