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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The city council voted to approve renaming The Paseo Boulevard to “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard” on Thursday afternoon.

The council voted 8-4 for the measure.

The meeting was tense between the council and people in the audience.

Most were expecting the council to make a decision today.

At least 51 people, clergy members, and community activists showed up at city hall to support renaming The Paseo.

They said it was one voice for every year the city has not acted.

“We are saying let us make this change and let us make this change now,” said Vernon Howard with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Kansas City was one of the last big cities in across the country without a major street named for Dr. King.

Not everyone wanted to see The Paseo get renamed.

Diane Faelber was one of many people who were against it.

“The Paseo has been The Paseo for 120 years,” Faelber said. “It’s part of our cumulative history of everybody.”

“It’s time for councilmembers who vote for this to go away,” she said. “If they are that obtuse to the wishes of the people, they don’t need to be on the city council.”

$60,000 from general funds is expected to be set aside to pay for street signs.

You’ll start seeing new street signs in about three months; public works will make those.

In about six months, overhead lights need to be ordered and installed. The city will coordinate with the post office, then inform businesses and residents about what’s next.

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Calvin Oyler

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Calvin Oyler

Shaka was the king of the Zulu nation two centuries ago. Emissaries from the British Empire were sent to find out about him and talk to him. During this time an assassin tried to kill Shaka. He was badly injured and getting to middle age. He had lost the will to live until one Englishman came up with the idea of putting boot black in his hair to hide the grey. His youth restored, Shaka rallied and came after those who would try to kill him. The Brits left to report their progress. They returned months later to find a bitter, angry Zulu king. The gray hair was back, his mother was dead, and he knew he had been betrayed the Englishmen. He asked them if they knew how to catch a monkey. They didn't so he told them. Take a clay pot and tie it to a stake. Put something shiny in the put that the monkey can see. The monkey will grab the shiny object and will be unable to pull his hand free because the monkey would not let go of the shiny object. Shaka turned to the Englishmen and asked "do you have something for me? Something shiny maybe"?
Of all the things that the black community could have asked for, better schools, safer streets, more opportunities, they get a street like one of thousands of streets across the country and it cost the city less than $100,000. Pretty cheap if you ask me..

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