The Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Coalition believes in inclusive
community in which every person is loved and valued, regardless of any
differences, and is empowered to participate, have a voice and effect
positive change in her or his community. We will work tirelessly to create
a sustainable democracy that is led and owned by the people, one
in which the people have timely access to the information and
expertise needed for governance. We will advocate for this vision and challenge,
if necessary, those individuals and systems of power that stand in the
way of building this beloved community in Harrisonburg.
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.
In September of 2013, a coalition of groups came together to
plan the dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
Groups and individuals continue to come forward with support in
terms of services and material and with endorsements and
participation to carry forward the message of that historic renaming.