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Memphis finally to name street after King
More than 900 U.S. cities have streets named after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was slain in Memphis in 1968.
March 15th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

Memphis finally to name street after King

By Joe Sutton, CNN

(CNN) - Forty-four years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, the Tennessee city is overcoming what some call protracted guilt and embarrassment, and naming a street in his honor.

A nearly 1-mile stretch of Linden Avenue will be renamed Dr. M.L. King Jr. Avenue on April 4, the anniversary of the civil rights leader's assassination.

The honor has been a long time coming.

More than 900 U.S. cities have streets named after King. The largest concentration is in the South, led by Georgia, which has more than 70 roads named after the Atlanta native, according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

But in the city where he died, the omission has been, to many, glaring.

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  1. paul

    Seems a valid view point to me, meets the definition of rape, of course its a rape she has to consent to and I'm sure thats the GOP's argument. The options are limited, you can be raped by the government and get your abortion, or you can bite the bullet and have the unwanted baby, or I imagine people will go back to unofficial probably illegal places to have the procedure done, much like they used to when you used to hear about all the back room coat hangar abortions in the old days. Its a big step back but that seems to be the direction the GOP want to go. They want the 50's and "Happy Days back.

    March 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. unknown

    It couldnt have too important if it took 44 years to name a street after it!

    March 17, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. unknown

    What is a martin luther king?

    March 17, 2012 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. bp

    Will wonders never cease. Next thing you know, Dallas will name a street after Kennedy. Right.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |