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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

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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23128464

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?

http://inhouse.unt.edu/student-researches-us-streets-named-martin-luther-king-jr

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.

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/united-states/street-names-get-longer-neighborhoods-shorter-58653.html

Let's honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela the right way in Lawrence!

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 11 months ago

Perhaps Lawrence has not yet reached the point where the majority are comfortable with this idea. As a member of a bi-racial family I would say that racism of all kinds are alive and well here. I have heard some very nasty remarks on the bus directed towards those who are "different."

I wish this was not so. I wish we could have those streets and they would give strangers coming to Lawrence a truthful idea of where this town is when it comes to multiculturalism.

Good blog. Thank you for sharing this.

Lawrence Morgan 11 months ago

Thank you. I would agree that racism, unfortunately, is alive today in Lawrence. Note, for example, that even the Journal-World, despite a comment on the blog,, is so disturbed by citizen comments that they refuse to put a blog on the front page, whereas other blogs are on the front page without any comments whatsoever.

The key, and I have that experience as you do, is to have friends from all nationalities and races. But this often requires learning different customs, often even learning a second language. Unfortunately, many in Lawrence seem unwilling to make even that small move, so that more friends of all nationalities are in their lives.

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