What happened: The Greensboro City Council voted Tuesday to change the name of North and South Aycock streets and part of Westover Terrace (from West Florida Street to West Wendover Avenue) to North Josephine Boyd Street and South Josephine Boyd Street. The section from Wendover Avenue north will remain Westover Terrace.
Background: The street will honor the late Josephine Boyd Bradley, who in 1957 became the first black student to attend the all-white Greensboro High, now Grimsley. She died in 2015. Lewis Brandon, a longtime community activist, asked the council in September to rename a one-mile segment of the street from Gate City Boulevard (where it is Aycock) to West Wendover Avenue (where it is Westover). Brandon said his request had nothing to do with the controversy about the Aycock name. Former Gov. Charles B. Aycock (1901-05) played a central role in building a long-lasting system of white supremacy known as Jim Crow. Brandon said his goal was honoring Bradley for the key role she played in the local civil rights movement.
What they said: Brandon noted that despite the harassment that Bradley and her family endured, she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at Grimsley.
What’s next: The change will go into effect Jan. 2. It’ll cost the city about $15,000 to replace street signs and make other administrative changes.