2006-08-04 / Community

Goldie Maple Honored With Street Renaming

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Family and friends of Goldie Maple, along with politicians and community leaders pose after the street renaming. Family and friends of Goldie Maple, along with politicians and community leaders pose after the street renaming. After paving the way for many in the Rockaway community over the years, Goldie Maple - an educational activist - was honored with a street named for her on July 29.

Attending the renaming of Beach 57 Street, on the corner of MS 198 which will be renamed The Goldie Maple Academy in September, family, friends, community leaders and politicians remembered the former member of Community School Board 27 who worked so hard to ensure that minorities were fairly considered for administrative positions and that schools in every section of Rockaway got its fair share of the educational pie.

Jomo Maple, Goldie Maple's son, said his mother's purpose was to impact the community.

"She was here for a purpose and she served that purpose," he said. "If you use her for a symbol, things can only get better."

He explained her core values - church and religion, family, hard work and building key relationships is what guided his mother and him.

Congressman Gregory Meeks, Assemblywoman Michele Titus and City Councilman James Sanders Jr. acknowledged the doors that Maple opened for them to get where they are today.

Jacob Williams manually removes the covering revealing the new street sign after the string for the unveiling broke. Williams' Sunday school teacher is Goldie Maple's daughter, Desiree Maple. Jacob Williams manually removes the covering revealing the new street sign after the string for the unveiling broke. Williams' Sunday school teacher is Goldie Maple's daughter, Desiree Maple. In a letter to The Wave, Maples' daughter Yolanda Eaddy thanked "all the family members, friends and public officials for sharing in this historic event."

Chris Maple (right) receives a reproduction of the street sign from Meeks, Sanders, Titus and District Leader Lew Simon. Chris Maple (right) receives a reproduction of the street sign from Meeks, Sanders, Titus and District Leader Lew Simon. The Union Choir, who Maple used to sing with, honors Maple with their rendition of "Order My Steps." The Union Choir, who Maple used to sing with, honors Maple with their rendition of "Order My Steps."

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