NYC Honorary Street Names
Edith Copeland Baldwin Way (Bronx)
Location:Intersection of Tilden Street and Barnes Avenue
Honoree: Edith Copeland Baldwin (1920-2009), who worked in the controllerís office at R. H. Macy, was a Shop Steward and Executive Board Member for the Department Store Workers Union. She was also an advocate for residents of Tilden Towers II, chairperson of the Cooperative Advisory Council for 32 years, and a State Committeewoman from 1984 to 1988.
James Baldwin Place (Manhattan)
Present name:128th Street
Location:Between Madison Avenue and 5th Avenue
Honoree: James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a major American writer who also became a prominent figure of the Civil Rights Movement. His best known work is his partly autobiographical novel "Go Tell It On The Mountain". Fed up with racism and homophobia in the U.S., he moved to France in the late 1940s and lived mainly there for most of his life. In 1956, he published "Giovanniís Room," dealing with the issues of race and homosexuality. In 1957 he returned to the United States to participate in the Civil Rights Movement alongside Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. In 1961, he published an important essay on race relations and the role of writers in society entitled "Nobody Knows my Name: More Notes of a Native Son," which would be followed in 1962 by the novel "Another Country." In 1963, he published "The Fire Next Time" on the history of black protest. He also wrote two plays, "The Amen Corner" (1955), and "Blues for Mister Charlie" (1964). (Dickens)
Rev. Carl and Mother Helen Baldwin Way (Queens)
Location:Intersection of South Road and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard
Honoree: Rev. Carl L. Baldwin was founder of the Godian Church and Outreach Center, and was active in combating hunger and drug addiction in Southeast Queens. Helen V. Baldwin was the Director of Community Board 1 from 1968-1986 and worked alongside her husband in charitable and civic activities.
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