Martin Luther
King, Jr. Way Renaming, Harrisonburg Virginia

Vision Statement:

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.

The Renaming:

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.

History of the Coalition:

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.