St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Honoring The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr. One Street At A Time

A few years ago a St. Louis non-profit organization, Beloved Streets of America, conducted a study about streets throughout the country which bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The study found the majority of MLK streets are unsafe and crime-ridden.  Many are “located in distressed neighborhoods, considered areas where predominately poor blacks live, and viewed as places where whites and non-blacks seldom travel,” according to the organization.

Beloved Streets of America plans to embark on an effort to revitalize MLK streets throughout the country – starting in St. Louis.

Host Don Marsh spoke with the organization’s President and CEO, Melvin White, who said he first got the idea after seeing the successful redevelopment of the Delmar Loop.

“Just a mile down the road, I just happened to drive down and look at the name on the street sign, Martin Luther King, but what was surrounding Martin Luther King were drugs, poverty, abandoned buildings, and it just didn’t match up with what his legacy is about,” White said.

Marsh also spoke with architect Derek Lauer, who is behind Beloved Streets of America’s master plan and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park – to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

A discussion with Melvin White and Derek Lauer

Related Events

A fundraising event on Monday, April 29th at CEL the Creative Exchange Lab, located at 2720 N. 14th St. (14th and St. Louis Avenue across from Crown Candy) from 5-7pm

Beginning May 11th, on the second Saturday of the month, the BSA plans to hold public events which will include food and music at the site of the future Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Park

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