Kansas City weighs another bid to honor Martin Luther King

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Cars travel under a landmark railroad viaduct on a stretch of Blue Parkway Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The stretch of road, along with parts of two other streets, would be renamed to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. under a city proposal coming in the wake of failed effort to honor King last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A year after a divisive fight that ended with Kansas City removing Martin Luther King Jr.’s name from a prominent boulevard, the city is trying again to find a way to honor the civil rights icon.

Parks officials in Missouri’s largest city say they will use lessons learned from last year’s debate to ensure citizens are comfortable with the process. But two public hearings held last week on a new street naming proposal suggested reaching a solution will not be easy.

Some speakers supported the proposal, while others wanted more extensive honors for King and some said naming a street for him was pointless.

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