Some Black Kansas City Residents Say Renaming A Street Is Erasing History

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Micheal Logan remembers a time when blacks in Kansas City, Missouri, weren’t allowed to go south of 27th Street.

So for him, when Paseo Boulevard officially became Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in February, it felt as if the opinions of many black residents had been ignored.

“Black people know this, know Paseo more than the average citizen of Kansas City. We have a lot of history up and down Paseo, businesses that have closed down that blacks went to on Paseo,” says Logan.

Petitions to reverse the name change back to Paseo were certified in early May. It’s now up to the council to place the issue on a ballot, potentially in August or November elections. Check out the full story.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR


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