What Kansas City Can Learn From Dakar, Amsterdam And Memphis About Naming Streets For MLK

MLK2Kansas City, Missouri, is internationally recognized as one of the cradles of  jazz and nationally known for its barbecue and its sports teams.

But late last year, it earned national headlines as the city that waited until 2019 to name a street after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., only to have voters reverse that decision ten months later.

Commentators — many of them ignorant of complicating factors such as location, history, government process, and, yes, race to some extent — concluded that this is simply a racist city where people didn’t want to honor King.

But bestowing King’s name on a public street, park or monument usually involves such complexities, at least in America. Check out the three-part series here.

By Michelle Tyrene Johnson, KCUR

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