It is a great honor to have a park named for my husband Barry White. Barry is deservedly proud to know that efforts are underway to rename South Park the Barry White South Park Recreation Center. Barry is especially proud because South Park is the area in which he grew up.
In fact, just last fall, when Barry learned that the South Park community was in danger of being demolished to build a new high school, he wanted to do what he could to help preserve his old neighborhood.
So he went to South Park to join community residents and Congresswoman Maxine Waters in opposing the destruction of the park and the historic homes that surround it. Congresswoman Waters knew that Barry had never forgotten his roots in South Park and had made a lifelong commitment to the community in which he grew up.
The idea for the name change came during a conversation I had with Congresswoman Waters as we were visiting Barry. The Congresswoman came to give Barry the good news about how much he had helped save the park.
I happened to remark, Who knows? Maybe theyll name the park after him. Congresswoman Waters responded, Thats a wonderful idea, and thats how it all came about. She enthusiastically took the idea of honoring Barry to Recreation and Parks Commissioner Mike Roos and Councilwoman Jan Perry and they both agreed that renaming South Park the Barry White South Park Recreation Center was an honor that Barry had earned and deserved.
Councilwoman Perry introduced a motion for the name change in the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday and the full Council will vote next Tuesday.
We understand there is no opposition to Councilwoman Perrys motion. On behalf of Barry, the family and I want to express his sincere gratitude to those who made this possible: Congresswoman Waters, Commissioner Roos and Councilwoman Perry.
As many of you know, Barry has been in ill health for several months and was hospitalized. However, he is now making progress toward recovery. We are all working very hard to help Barry regain his health so that he can return to the studio and pursue the music he loves and that is also loved by millions of fans around the world.
We urge all who have loved Barrys music to ask God to bless him with a full and speedy recovery. Again, Barry and the entire family want to thank Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Councilwoman Jan Perry and Recreation and Parks Commissioner Mike Roos for their leadership in making the honor of renaming South Park in Barrys name a reality.
I can assure you he is deeply moved and his gratitude is overflowing. We believe that this great honor will inspire Barry to work even harder to get well.
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