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Manhattan to rename street Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

January 7, 2021 GMT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Manhattan city officials have approved a move to rename a city street Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

City commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved renaming 17th Street, which runs from Fort Riley Boulevard to Claflin Road, in honor of the late iconic civil rights activist, the Mercury reported.

The city estimates finalizing the street change within 90 days. City administrators will create an ordinance for commissioners to review and notify those with an address change. The change will affect about 43 addresses and 10 buildings on the Kansas State University campus.

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Kevin Bryant, co-chair of the Manhattan Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee, said 72 of the 88 people the committee surveyed supported the name change.