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It's time that Lawrence has a Martin Luther King, Jr., Street, and also a Nelson Mandela Street, Community Center or Nature Pathway
Martin Luther King Jr. Street, and Nelson Mandela Nature Trail or Community Center
It's about time for a Martin Luther King Jr. street in Lawrence. Many other communities have had them for a number of years. I would suggest 23rd Street or 6th Street as possibilities. In many parts of the country, streets have two names - the old one and the new one, so that merchants wouldn't have to change their addresses. That could be done in Lawrence, as well.
In Wichita, Kansas, a portion of Interstate 135 is designated as the "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial highway." But we can do better than that in Lawrence. There should be at least a major street named after his legacy.
There is a Martin Luther King Ave. in Bonner Springs, KS. Are there any additional streets or places in Lawrence or Kansas?
Meanwhile, the BBC has compiled a map of all the streets and places around the world named for Nelson Mandela.
Graduate student Eric Katzenberger, a student at at the University of North Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth area, has compiled a list of locations for Martin Luther King, Jr., although I couldn't find the actual listing itself yet. Perhaps someone could help me out?
Two New Streets in Lawrence
It would be incredible to have both Nelson Mandela Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Lawrence!
As an alternative I would suggest that part of a community path and walkway, or community center, be named after Nelson Mandela. Part of the nature trail, which Bert Nash has given the city, and which Outside for a better Inside and John M. McGrew and colleagues has put so much effort into, might be honored with Nelson Mandela's name.
The Epoch Times article below makes it clear that a second name for streets - such as in New York City -- is a great way to honor important people.
Let's honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela the right way in Lawrence!