25 Years After Designation, Westside Kansas City Residents Remain Proud Of Avenida Cesar Chavez

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This spring marks 25 years since 23rd Street in the Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, was named after civil rights leader Cesar Chavez.

The efforts the community went through echo the current attempt by a coalition of black leaders to rename Paseo Boulevard after Martin Luther King Jr.

A petition drive, backed by Democratic U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, seeks to rename The Paseo, an iconic Kansas City boulevard, after the slain civil rights leader. If the petition initiative gets 1,700 valid signatures, the Paseo option could end up on August’s ballot. If the advisory group comes back with a recommendation to rename a street, it would fall to the Kansas City Council. Check out the full story

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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