Goldie Maple Honored With Street Renaming
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.