Efforts to Rename a Road After Martin Luther King Jr is Causing Strife in Kansas City

Kansas City, Mo., officials are reconsidering naming a street after Martin Luther King Jr. (© Provided by New York Daily News)

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is pocked by bureaucratic potholes.

One year after Kansas City, Mo., residents voted to remove the slain civil-rights leader’s moniker from a notable city thoroughfare, the city is yet again attempting to honor the slain hero, reported The Associated Press.

Earlier this year before the COVID-19 outbreak squelched efforts, officials in Missouri’s most populous city began discussing potential ways to show appreciation for King’s efforts.

The city’s Board of Parks and Recreation is mulling a proposal to rename a five-mile-long route along thoroughfares located in a mostly African-American-populated area, noted The AP.

Teresa Rynard, director of the parks department, said her board plans to listen to all proposals.

“It’s really important that this not be seen as ‘let’s just name a street and we’re done,’” explained Rynard. “When we finally agree on an honor, let’s use this as a starting point of how to heal and deal not just with the past but with present concerns involving Black Lives Matter and racial injustice that we’re confronting.”

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SOURCE: New York Daily News, Storm Gifford