Voters overwhelmingly tell Kansas City to drop Martin Luther King street name

Source: The Guardian | The Associated Press

Voters have overwhelmingly approved removing Dr Martin Luther King’s name from one of the most historic boulevards in Kansas City, Missouri, less than a year after the city council decided to rename The Paseo for the civil rights icon.

Unofficial results from a ballot on Tuesday showed the proposal to remove King’s name received nearly 70% of the vote, with just over 30% voting to retain King’s name.

The debate over the name of the 10-mile (16.1km) boulevard on the city’s mostly black east side began shortly after the council’s decision in January to rename The Paseo for King. Civil rights leaders who pushed for the change celebrated when the street signs went up, believing they had finally won a decades-long battle to honor King, which appeared to end Kansas City’s reputation as one of the largest US cities in the country without a street named for him.

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