Thursday, July 9, 2015

Uh Oh! Street Name Change Coming?

When UCLA and Westwood were being constructed, there was a tendency to name things after Berkeley personalities (since UCLA was just the Southern Branch of Berkeley). The photo above shows the southern entrance to UCLA at the corner of Westwood Blvd. and LeConte. And now comes this news from the northern branch:

Amid national debate about efforts to remove the Confederate flag, some are questioning why UC Berkeley has named campus buildings to honor Confederate slave owners and promoters of white supremacy. Two buildings that have come under criticism are Barrows Hall, named after former UC Berkeley president David Barrows, and LeConte Hall, named after brothers Joseph and John LeConte, who played key roles in manufacturing munitions for the Confederate States Army. John LeConte was the first UC Berkeley president, and Joseph LeConte was a geologist and natural historian...

Full story at

Harry Shearer reminds us that if the controversy makes its way to UCLA, those who want to keep LeConte in Westwood may lose:

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