To the editor:

Recently, a segment of Montlieu Avenue was renamed Qubein Avenue. I offered the names of two worthy, overlooked African Americans as alternatives to Nido Qubein. In the end, this is what I learned from the process:

1. How the game is played. If you want a street renamed for you, have the High Point City Council (not you) propose it and the Planning and Zoning Commission will routinely approve it. Case closed. No need for soliciting public support. (Extraordinary in its efficiency.)

2. Don't expect a dialogue. Sending correspondence about my alternative street names to nine City Council members and Dr. Qubein elicited a zero response. (We're all busy.)

3. Best be a team player. There are people, in both business and social circles, who feel you are not supposed to question certain matters or individuals in High Point. (Of for some it's safest to keep quiet.)

4. Who we are. Knowledge and appreciation of this city's history and the legacy of those who came before us is sadly lacking. (Particularly by those in public leadership positions.)

5. False hopes. The overdue recognition of worthy African Americans is apparently not a rallying point in High Point. (We say one thing and do another.)

6. And the kids? Children could have been involved in the street-renaming process, particularly with the Nido and Mariana Qubein Children's Museum in the 200 block. (In reality, it's their street, their city.)

Blair Rankin

High Point