Miami – The city of St. Petersburg, on Florida’s west coast, will rename its main library in honor of former President Barack Obama (2009-2017), the first black, as part of this month’s celebration of Black History in the country.
Rick Kriseman, mayor of the city, pointed out that the change seeks to highlight “the extraordinary history of Barack Obama and his historic presidency” to inspire new generations.
The St. Petersburg Main Library will be President Barack Obama’s Main Library starting next Friday.RELATED
“I believe that President Barack Obama’s Main Library will not only complement city buildings named after local pioneers, but will serve as an example for other cities,” said Democrat Kriseman.
The mayor also expressed that on the contrary they will not honor “hatred”, in reference to a controversy in Florida unleashed after Governor Ron DeSantis signaled his intention to order the flags to be lowered to half-mast after the death last week of the controversial announcer conservative Rush Limbaugh.
The tribute to Limbaugh, which will be remembered for his unconditional admiration for former President Donald Trump, has been opposed by Nikki Fried, the only Democrat in DeSantis’s cabinet.
Fried, Florida Agriculture Commissioner, ordered all state offices under her direction to ignore the governor’s plans.
“Lowering the flag of the United States of America to half-staff is a sacred honor that pays tribute to fallen heroes and patriots. It is not a partisan political tool, “Fried said.
“We will not celebrate hate speech,” he said, referring to the controversial conservative broadcaster Rush Limbaugh who passed away last Wednesday at the age of 70.
“Our flags will remain high to celebrate the American values of diversity, inclusion and respect for all,” Fried said in a statement.