The Eggs and Enlightenment group wants to honor Dr. martin Luther King Jr., who was the second African American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.
All over the world including those living here in Kansas City feel compelled to express their love and respect to Dr. King and what he meant to America.
However, no street or pathway in America can give Dr. King the honor and respect that he deserves in the same manner as naming the KCI airport after him.
Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929 and later on would become a prominent minister and leader in the African American struggle for Civil and Human Rights before he was murdered on April 4, 1968.
During his short lifetime he raised public consciousness and awareness of the treatment of African Americans from economic injustice, which he was called to lead during the Montgomery Buss Boycott to fighting for the right to vote and equality, the group’s leader Sonny Elvis Gibson said.
Dr. King said, “We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their dignity by signs saying for ‘whites only’”.
The City Council of Kansas City, Mo., pushed a measure through, which approved the renaming of Paseo blvd., to Dr. martin Luther King Jr. blvd.
Some in the community felt that the process was inclusive gathered signatures and Kansas Citians voted overwhelmingly to change the name of the street back to Paseo blvd.
Although the gesture was noble to rename the street after Dr. King it failed to bestow the just honor he is due for the ultimate sacrifice he paid, he life, to improve the quality of life for blacks, poor whites and other minorities living in America.
Mayor Quinton Lucas several months ago appointed a process in which people can express their desire on a fitting way to honor Dr. King here in Kansas City.