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After Community Protest, SEPTA Makes Change To Electronic Bus Signs

(credit: Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After a community protest, SEPTA has agreed to spell-out the name of Cecil B. Moore on its electronic bus signs.

North Philadelphia activist Mel Dorn says he noticed that the lighted sign on SEPTA’s Route 3 bus read “33rd and C.B. Moore” as a destination instead of “Cecil B. Moore” Avenue.

Dorn saw the abbreviation of the late civil rights leader’s name as a sign of disrespect.

“This is somebody that, even in death, we love him very much. The legacy can never die with us living,” Dorn said.

After meeting Wednesday with Dorn and the Cecil B. Moore Freedom Fighters, SEPTA agreed to change the sign.

SEPTA’s Assistant General Manager for Government Affairs, Frances Jones, says the transit agency meant no insult to Moore’s memory.

“It was just a matter of trying to make it visually more appealing to our riders, and in no way was it disrespect to his legacy or his life,” Jones explained.

The city is also correcting a half dozen street signs that read “C.B. Moore.”

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter says a field worker wrote down “CB Moore” in shorthand, and the signs were fabricated incorrectly.