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Martin Luther
King, Jr. Way Renaming, Harrisonburg Virginia


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Timeline of the Street Renaming:

On February 12, 2013 Harrisonburg resident Stan Maclin asked city council to name a street for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 9th, a task force was appointed by the city to select a street to be named. On August 13, 2013, in agreement with an overwhelming show of support, City council voted to rename Cantrell Avenue. The new street signs read: ``Martin Luther King, Jr. Way'' on the main green
field and ``Historic Cantrell Avenue'' on a smaller brown field below
the main text of the sign.
The signs were put up the day before Stan Maclin's Birthday. January marked a month of events culminating in a formal dedication ceremony for the new street.

Community contributed event coverage.

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Supporting Organizations:

To list your organization as a supporter:
mail to info@MLKJrWay.org


Scheduled events leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, 1/20/2014:


Logo: King Memorial in Washington DC

  1. The monument's design reflects a quote from Dr. King:

    "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope."

    The shining stone of hope in the center of the picture sheds the light of hope that forms the background of the web site.
  2. Its opening inspired Mr. Stan Maclin to seek our street renaming.
  3. Mr. Maclin went through a period of despair, near death illness, before being brought back to see the hope of his dream realized.
  4. Throughout its history, the African American community of Harrisonburg has been strong with individuals who were a stone of hope as the community overcame the despair of slavery, Jim Crow and segregation, and urban renewal.
  5. Now that history shines as a stone of hope to a broader population in these times of economic uncertainty and eroding justice when Dr. King's vision gives energy for the future.

History of the Coalition and of the Event Planning Committee:

During the 'other matters' section of the Harrisonburg City Council meeting of September 24, 2013, Council Member Kai Degner was authorized to respond to a coalition of groups interested in working on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way renaming by establishing a planning committee for the event. As chair of the planning committee, Degner provides resources to the committee and serves as liaison to the city. The committee consists of a coalition of groups and individuals, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Coalition. The Coalition was formed by former members of the street renaming task force and other groups and individuals who were significantly involved in the street renaming effort. The chair of the coalition is Stan Maclin. The event coordinator is Elaine Blakey.

Groups and individuals continue to come forward with support in terms of services and material and with endorsements and participation.


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