Dallas Fans Want to Rename Robert E. Lee Park After Erykah Badu

We love Erykah Badu. She’s fly and her music is everything. But should the neo-soul siren have a park renamed after her?  Well, thousands of her fans are trying to make that happen.

In September, a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from the Dallas park bearing his name. The 14-foot-tall, 6-ton statue depicting Lee on horseback flanked by an anonymous Confederate soldier was erected in what was originally called Oak Lawn Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the statue in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial celebration.

The petition to rename Robert E. Lee Park to Erykah Badu Park was started by the Dallas news and entertainment website Central Track and so far it has over 5,000 signatures. The goal is to reach 7,500 signatures.

Thanks to a pair of teen fans, the city of Houston beat Dallas to the punch and proclaimed May 27, 2017 as “Erykah Badu Day.” So here are some of the reasons that motivated Central Track to petition to rename the public space after their hometown shero.


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