Politician Wants to Name an Airport After Oprah Winfrey
Metro Council member Sharon Hurt argues Nashville should make a major change in honor of liberal media mogul
If one councilwoman in Nashville, Tennessee, has her way, an airport will be named after media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Metro Council member Sharon Hurt is petitioning Nashville Mayor David Briley to rename the Nashville International Airport after the 64-year-old Winfrey.
Hurt’s push for her request comes after she previously pitched the idea to the airport advisory board in November.
“It’s Oprah. Nashville is in a very unique position to be able to offer that type of recognition to someone that’s very deserving,” Hurt told The Tennessean in a recent interview.
“I think it’s a grand opportunity for us to recognize someone of Oprah’s stature,” she added.
Winfrey actually does have a lot of connection to the city of Nashville.
She attended Tennessee State University and went to high school at East High School.
She also began her career in Nashville.
Despite those connections, Winfrey does not meet the requirements to be able to have an airport named after her. The airport advisory board originally pushed back on Hurt’s idea because their rules stipulate that someone needs to have been dead for two years and have contributed something substantial to the field of aviation.
Hurt previously tried to get a portion of Charlotte Avenue named after Martin Luther King Jr. in March. She was actually successful in that venture.
Her latest proposal would change the Nashville International Airport’s Name to The Oprah G. Winfrey Nashville International Airport.
“I think it’s a grand opportunity for us to recognize someone of Oprah’s stature,” she said.
The airport is already taking on a multi-billion dollar renovation, one of the reasons Hurt is pushing her proposal now.
“Both the president/CEO of the authority and I agree that Ms. Winfrey’s achievements and accolades are too numerous to recite,” a letter from the airport advisory board reads. “However, renaming the airport after Ms. Winfrey does not meet the criteria established by the (airport authority).”
Hurt has brought race into the matter and questioned airport leadership in a letter addressed to the airport’s leaders and the mayor.
“It seems their participation in inclusion and diversity has been deceptive and minimal,” she said.
She added that the airport and its board have “very little to no African-Americans and women.”
Another reason for Hurt’s push for Oprah’s name on the airport could be because Winfrey has become something of a 2020 frontrunner in recent months.
Her public statements have grown increasingly political; and a survey from The Hollywood Reporter found Winfrey to be a top pick to run for president for the Democrats in 2020.
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