Anchorage Road Dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage

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The city of Anchorage today held a ceremony to open a new road named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The naming of a city street after Dr. King has a controversial history stretching back three decades. Advocates originally sought to have 9th Avenue named after the civil rights leader but the idea was met by opposition from a group led by Don Smith and rejected in a city-wide vote, as was a similar attempt to name the Performing Arts Center after King. Reverend Doctor Alonzo Patterson is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church. Dr. Patterson says during that time of controversy there was a proposal to name a strip of the Minnesota Drive bypass after King.

Photo and video by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage: Speakers from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. dedication unveil a banner commemorating the day that the road opened.

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