Martin Luther
King, Jr. Way Renaming, Harrisonburg Virginia

People's Day 10th Anniversary, 2024

The year-long tenth anniversary celebration of People's Day has concluded and has been archived. It has been a resounding success, bringing the community together and rekindling that original spark of greatness. In the words of Pastor Costella Forney

"We're working on some things, over here in the Northeast Community, ... we still have dreams, we still have goals, we still have things that we can accomplish here, and just because we had a little slump doesn't mean that there's still not a little flicker, and we can fan that flicker and it will turn into a flame again. We need to get red hot, back here in this community, like we used to be."


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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.

People's Day 10th Anniversary, January 15, 2024

Únase a la Coalición Harrisonburg Martin Luther King, Jr. Way para eventos en vivo y en línea, incluida una marcha a lo largo de la sección histórica de Martin Luther King, Jr. Way al mediodía, en el feriado de Martin Luther King, Jr. Regístrese ahora y únase a la lista de correo para comenzar a organizar en http://MLKJrWay.org

Declaración de la visión:

La Coalición Martin Luther King, Jr. Way cree en una comunidad inclusiva en la que cada persona es amada y valorada, independientemente de las diferencias, y está capacitada para participar, tener voz y lograr un cambio positivo en su comunidad. Trabajaremos incansablemente para crear una democracia sostenible que sea dirigida y poseída por el pueblo, en la que el pueblo tenga acceso oportuno a la información y los conocimientos necesarios para la gobernabilidad. Defenderemos esta visión y desafiaremos, si es necesario, a aquellas personas y sistemas de poder que se interpongan en el camino de construir esta amada comunidad en Harrisonburg.

Historia de la Coalición:

En septiembre de 2013, una coalición de grupos se unió para planificar la dedicación de Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Los grupos y las personas continúan brindando apoyo en términos de servicios y materiales, y respaldando y participando para llevar adelante el mensaje de ese cambio de nombre histórico.

El cambio de nombre:

El 12 de febrero de 2013, el residente de Harrisonburg, Stan Maclin, pidió al consejo de la ciudad que nombrara una calle para el Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. El 9 de abril, la ciudad nombró un grupo de trabajo para seleccionar una calle para nombrarla. El 13 de agosto de 2013, de acuerdo con una abrumadora muestra de apoyo, el Concejo Municipal votó para cambiar el nombre de Cantrell Avenue. Lea más sobre la historia del cambio de nombre, incluida la historia del "Gran General" que resultó ser un error tipográfico, en http://HistoricCantrellAve.com