MLK Task Force Sought

Meetings Planned To Narrow Focus

Posted: April 26, 2013

HARRISONBURG — City officials are taking the talk of renaming a street, bridge — or, the latest wrinkle, a portion of Interstate 81 — after Martin Luther King Jr. to the public.


A pair of meetings has been scheduled for the next few weeks to, it is hoped, bring closure to the proposal City Council first heard in February.


On May 6, residents interested in joining a task force to determine what should be named after King are invited to a work group meeting.


It will be at 7 p.m. at the Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, 2 S. Main St., Suite 604.


Stan Maclin, the center’s founder, approached council in February with the idea of renaming a street after King. City officials have since tried to find a location that would have the smallest impact on changing addresses, and they have most recently eyed I-81 overpasses as potential spots.


This week, former city manager Roger Baker added I-81 itself, or at least the portion that runs through Harrisonburg, as an option for council to consider. He spoke at the City Council meeting on Tuesday.


Councilman Kai Degner calls the task force’s members the “worker people” who want to put in the effort finding a location to name after King. Councilman Abe Shearer adds that the group will narrow the focus of all that has been discussed.


A public forum to hear what the task force has in mind is set for 7 p.m. May 23 in council chambers, 409 S. Main St.


A recommendation from the task force to City Council could come at its May 28 meeting.


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