It started out of a desire to honor her mother. For Isabel González Whitaker, 46, a symbolic gesture would evolve into a vehicle for organizing the Latinx and other marginalized communities in the neighborhood where she grew up.
Formerly Coronet Way Park, a modest playground area in a predominantly Latinx section of Atlanta’s Westside, the 1.5-acre patch of land was renamed in 2009 in honor of González Whitaker’s late mother, Sara J. González, a Cuban immigrant whose imprint in Georgia’s Hispanic community spanned decades and crossed the intersections of business, philanthropy and human rights advocacy. It was reportedly the first park named for a Latinx immigrant in the state of Georgia. | Read more here.