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Group pushes for MLK Jr. street renaming in Belton

Group pushes for MLK Jr. street renaming in Belton

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BELTON – A group of churches are working to get a pair of streets in Belton renamed in honor of Martin Luther King Junior.

This is the second time the African American Churches United (AACU) of Belton have tried to get a roadway renamed in honor of the civil rights activist.

The proposed street renaming would take place along Alexander Street and Davis Street.

Some homeowners are against the proposed changes because of the complications that come along with it.

"I think its going to be a hassle having to change my address for my bills and drivers license," Kim Armold said.

Armold and her husband have lived on Alexander for more than five years and plan to vote against the change.

"I'm not against renaming a street in honor of Martin Luther King, I just don't want them to change my street," Armold said.

The head of the ACCU, Reverend William Hill, said the organization chose Alexander and Davis street for their historical value.

The Harris Community Center, located at the end of Alexander Street, was once known as West Belton Colored High School, established in the late 1880's.

"What we are trying to do is provide an opportunity of having some black heritage taking place here in Belton, and we are the only city in the area that does not have a street named after Martin Luther King Jr.," Rev. Hill said.

All ballots must be submitted from property owners by February 18th and no one renting a home can vote. For the proposed changes to take effect, 70% of residents must approve the renaming. Any ballot not cast by a property owner will count as a vote against the renaming.

No matter what the solution of the voting, the AACU said it will continue to try and get a street renamed for Martin Luther King Jr.

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