NYC Honorary Street Names

Hernndez, A.

Aileen Hernandez Way (Brooklyn)
Present name:None
Location:At the intersection of Bay Ridge Avenue and 12th Avenue
Honoree: Introduced by Council Member Brannan May 23, 1926 – February 13, 2017 Aileen Hernandez was an African-American union organizer, civil rights activist and women’s rights activist who helped found the National Organization for Women (NOW) and later served as its president between 1970 and 1971. Under her leadership, NOW organized the Women’s Strike for Equality in 1970. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson named her the first and at that time, only woman on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also involved with organizations including Black Women Organized for Political Action, a group founded in 1968 to educate, train and involve African-American Women in the political process. In 2005, she was part of a group of 1,000 women from 150 nations who were collectively nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in social justice and civil rights.

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