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KC vote 2 remove MLK from street name

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Emotions that simmered for nearly a year over the renaming of a historic major thoroughfare in Kansas City, Missouri, for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led to a tense scene at a black church as get-out-the vote efforts wound down ahead of residents going to the polls.

About 100 supporters of keeping the King name for the 10-mile (16.1-kilometer) boulevard were at a rally to court voters Sunday when opponents walked into the Paseo Baptist Church and stood along its two aisles. Those against the King name stood silently and did not respond to calls for them to sit down. Several speakers and people in the crowd told them they were being disrespectful.

On Tuesday, the debate will end, as voters decide if Kansas City's reputation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a street named for the iconic civil rights leader will cease. The boulevard had been named The Paseo, and a group named Save the Paseo collected 2,857 signatures in April — far more than the 1,700 needed — to have the name change put to a public vote. Many of the opponents who stepped inside the small church along the boulevard Sunday were wearing Save the Paseo T-shirts at the voter rally.

 

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There are some older people that still refer to MLK Way here as Empire Way.

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Robotic Jew

Sigh...it's a road name. I'm sure there are more important things going on in that community they could be protesting or demonstrating for. 

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Piney

So they want to save the name "The Walk"?.........Leave it named for King. :yes: 

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