On February 12, 2013 Harrisonburg resident Stan Maclin asked city
council to name a street for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 9th,
a task force was appointed by the city to select a street to be
named. On August 13, 2013, in agreement with an overwhelming show of
support, City council voted to rename Cantrell Avenue. The new street
The signs were put up the day before Stan Maclin's Birthday
January marked a month of events culminating in a formal dedication
ceremony for the new street.
Did You Join the Renaming
To list your organization as a supporter:
- The monument's design reflects a quote from
"Out of the
mountain of despair, a stone of hope." The shining stone of
hope in the center of the picture sheds the light of hope that
forms the background of the web site.
- Its opening inspired Mr. Stan Maclin to seek our street renaming.
- Mr. Maclin went through a period of despair, near death illness,
before being brought back to see the hope of his dream realized.
- Throughout its history, the African American community of
Harrisonburg has been strong with individuals who were a stone of hope
as the community overcame the despair of slavery, Jim Crow and
segregation, and urban renewal.
- Now that history shines as a stone of hope to a broader population
in these times of economic uncertainty and eroding justice when
Dr. King's vision gives energy for the future.
During the 'other matters' section of the Harrisonburg City Council
meeting of September 24, 2013, Council Member Kai Degner was
authorized to respond to a coalition of groups interested in working
on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way renaming by establishing a planning
committee for the event. As chair of the planning committee, Degner
provides resources to the committee and serves as liaison to the
city. The committee consists of a coalition of groups and individuals,
the Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Coalition. The Coalition was formed by
former members of the street renaming task force and other groups and
individuals who were significantly involved in the street renaming
effort. The chair of the coalition is Stan Maclin. The event
coordinator is Elaine Blakey.
Groups and individuals continue to come forward with support in
terms of services and material and with endorsements and participation.