Harrisonburg Road Dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted: Updated: 1/20/2014 4:42:40 PM
Hundreds celebrate the dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way Hundreds celebrate the dedication of Martin Luther King, Jr. Way

Hundreds came out to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a street named in his honor in Harrisonburg.

Traffic came to a halt Monday so that those paying tribute could parade through the newly named Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. Historic Cantrell Avenue will now share a name with the famous civil rights pioneer.

Students, leaders and members of the community gathered at James Madison University's Memorial Hall before the big ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication walk. Those who participated say King paved the way for many.

"Martin Luther King, Jr. died, but that wasn't the end of his goal, but what we want to do here today is continue what Martin Luther King Jr. - continue his dream here in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and revive his dream,” said Samuel Cooper, a Spotswood High School student.

Speakers at the ceremony said King's message of equality, unity and peace still sets an example for society, and that the naming of this road will help people remember his mission.

The Harrisonburg City Council and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition led the dedication walk Monday afternoon.

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