Atlanta Mayor To Consider Renaming Confederate Street Names

Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he’s carefully considering calls to rename streets recognizing the Confederacy or Confederate leaders.

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Petitions asking for name changes took off, after the violent weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

One online petition started Sunday has already garnered close to 4,000 signatures. It demands the city remove the name Confederate Avenue from a street in Southeast Atlanta.

In a press release Monday, Reed said that symbols matter. And he said as “hate-filled ideologies grow bolder, we must grow stronger in our defense of values.”