The South Los Angeles intersection near where Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot will be renamed in his honor, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced Tuesday.
Harris-Dawson said on Twitter he plans to submit a motion to the full city council on Friday, to rename the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue as “Nipsey Hussle Square.”
This week, I will officially submit a motion to name the intersection of #Crenshaw and #Slauson as "Nipsey Hussle Square". #NipseyHussle
— Marqueece Harris-Dawson (@mhdcd8) April 9, 2019
The move comes after community activists and fans backed a Change.org petition urging city leaders to honor Hussle. As of Wednesday morning, the petition had nearly 500,000 signatures.
“Please call or email Councilman Harris-Dawson to let him know you support this effort,” wrote petition
creator Najee Ali. “I knew Nipsey Hussle personally. He wasn’t just a rapper. He was a community icon.”
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Harris-Dawson, who represents the South L.A. neighborhood, agreed that Hussle deserved special recognition.
“Ermias Asghedom, known as ‘Nipsey Hussle,’ was an icon and West Coast hero,” Harris-Dawson said in a statement. “Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with, from family, friends, fans and his larger community.”
Hussle was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing store near Crenshaw and Slauson.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, 33, grew up in the area and even produced a short documentary and music video for a song called “Crenshaw and Slauson (True Story).”
The hip-hop star was also well-known for giving back to the community, and for creating area jobs with his businesses.
“As a father, brother and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations,” Harris-Dawson said. “Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound; his numerous philanthropic efforts; his innovative, community-focused business mindset; and his humble heart.”