Rename Chesterfield roadway for MLK
10/4/2018, 6 a.m.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Recently, I expressed some concerns of inclusion that I had on my mind at the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors meeting. Traveling to various cities and localities throughout our nation, I saw Dr. King’s name on the streets and highways in Baltimore; Kansas City, Mo.; and Des Moines, Iowa.
I also found his name locally on a bridge in Richmond and another bridge that crosses from Colonial Heights into Petersburg. A bust of the Nobel Peace Prize winner is in the Hopewell Plaza across from the new courthouse.
Then it occurred to me that Chesterfield County is absent this type of recognition for Dr. King.
I strongly recommended to Chesterfield County administrators that Dr. King be included with this type of recognition.
The county should consider renaming Jefferson Davis Highway as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Highway, at least from the Richmond city line to West Hundred Road.
I strongly believe this would be fitting and proper for all its citizens.
L.J. McCOY JR.
The writer is president of the Chesterfield County Branch NAACP.