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Kansas City Voters to Decide on Street Name Change to Honor MLK

Voters in Kansas City, Missouri, will decide Tuesday if its reputation as one of the largest U.S. cities without a street named for iconic civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. remains intact.

The city council voted in January to rename The Paseo, a 10-mile thoroughfare, to honor King. But in April, a group called Save the Paseo collected nearly double the 1,700 signatures needed to have the name change put to a public vote.

Many supporters of the King name have suggested the opponents are racist, saying Save the Paseo is a mostly white group and that many of its members don’t live on the street, which runs north to south through a largely Black area of the city.

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