Beckley City Council receives request to honorarily change road name

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Beckley Human Rights Commission has drafted an ordinance to honor a civil rights leader within the city.

Dr. Kristi Dumas of the Beckley Human Rights Commission drafted an ordinance on October 6th for the honorary change of South Fayette Street to include Martin Luther King Jr. Way at two intersections.
This road is part of the African American Audio Tour with the New River Gorge National Park program.

Dr. Dumas said, “This ordinance will pay homage to all individuals both past and present who live by the creed of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the City of Beckley.”

With the honorary change, Dumas also says this won’t impact residential or commercial addresses and is simply a way for Beckley to “join the ranks of cities everywhere who honor and recognize the life of Dr. King.”

Beckley City Attorney William File said, “I just want to make sure that that would be no objection, no legal reason, why that would create an issue. Other than that, I’m certainly prepared to go through with Dr. Dumas’ request.”

The Beckley Human Rights Commission meets on the first Wednesday of each month in the council chambers at 5 pm. A full schedule of city council meetings can be found here.

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