Kansas City renames roadway for Martin Luther King Jr.

8 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago Tuesday, February 26 2019 Feb 26, 2019 Tuesday, February 26, 2019 3:17:00 PM CST February 26, 2019 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City has shed its reputation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a public memorial to Martin Luther King Jr.

The city on Monday installed the first signs along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

After an often contentious debate, the City Council voted last month to rename a 10-mile (16-kilometer) stretch of a local roadway after the civil rights leader.

The Kansas City Star reports the change came after a push by religious leaders and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization King helped found.

The delay was caused by some council members who didn't believe residents and businesses along Paseo Boulevard had been properly consulted about changing the name of the section of the roadway, known locally as The Paseo.

The city will replace the remaining signs over the next few months.

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