Meeting with Leon Williams for a street dedication in his honor.
Recently, I joined Leon Williams, as well as his friends and family, in celebrating the naming of a street in his honor. As the first African-American elected to the San Diego City Council and the only African-American to serve on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, his work has paved the way for greater diversity in the city and spearheaded programs that have had a positive impact in the San Diego community.
Among many of those contributions to San Diego, he championed downtown revitalization, transit improvements and was an early advocate of programs to help combat AIDS, to name a few. Leon is not only a trailblazer but his impact on our community is still felt to this day. Leon Williams Drive is located on the 3000 block of E Street in Leon’s home neighborhood of Golden Hill.