DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Folk singer Woody Guthrie was born a century ago, and now, part of the street that inspired him will soon bear his name. On Wednesday, March 28, the City Council’s Public Works Committee approved a motion by Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry to name the intersection of Fifth and Main streets “Woody Guthrie Square.”

Eventually ceremonial signs will be placed at the intersection, though an exact time and location have not been announced. Guthrie, a rebellious singer born in 1912 and known for giving a voice to the working class with songs such as “This Land Is Your Land,” was a Downtown resident for a time, and penned a song in honor of his favorite street called “Fifth Street Blues.” Also on the Guthrie front, on Saturday, April 7, the Grammy Museum, at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., will present a free lecture by museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. He will discuss the musician’s life and legacy. The program starts at 11 a.m. and is the kickoff for the venue’s “Woody Guthrie Week,” which runs through April 14 and features films, lectures, workshops, education programs and concerts.

©Los Angeles Downtown News.

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