In August 2022, in response to interest in recognizing outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact on their community, the City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a program for the ceremonial naming of streets. The ceremonial street naming program commemorates the services, lives, and achievements of individuals, groups, or landmarks that have made a positive impact on Santa Ana. While these ceremonial names do not change the official names of the streets, those streets are marked with the installation of a ceremonial street sign that uniquely identifies the streets with the entity being honored. To be eligible for a ceremonial street sign, an entity must meet the following requirements: (1) have had a minimum of 10 consecutive years of community involvement by demonstrating extraordinary, consistent, and voluntary commitment; (2) have made significant and clearly defined contributions through cultural, humanitarian, or historic achievements; and (3) have lived in or identified with Santa Ana.
Helen Shipp is known for her spirited determination, her role as president and co-founder of the Orange County Black Historical Commission and most notably for founding the Orange County's Black History Parade and Cultural Faire, known today as the Orange County Black History Parade and Unity Festival. Learn more about her extraordinary life.