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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Renaming Pushed Back By Lewes City Council

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LEWES, Del.- The city council held their monthly meeting on Monday night, where they were supposed to vote on the honorary name change or the complete renaming of West Fourth Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.
 
For the past two years, members of the Friendship Baptist Church in Lewes have been advocating for renaming West Fourth Street. The town postponed it's decision and stated they need more comments from the public. Rev. George Edwards of the Friendship Baptist Church said this decision was disappointing. 
 
"Its discouraging to see a council sit in front of you and tell you something at first would happen. It's hard to hear that they change it to something else," explains Edwards.
 
The Lewes city council said they wanted to make a fair decision for the whole community of Lewes. The town said they will be mailing letters this week and will be accepting online comments about the honorific name change or the complete renaming of MLK. 
 
The town said there was some confusion on whether the street would totally be renamed or just given an honorary name change. The city previously said a complete name change would require a lot more logistical challenges. The town said going forward they are considering both options. Gail Tarlecki is the Chair of the Delaware Human Relations Commission. Tarlecki said she was hoping to hear a decision made on Monday night. 
 
"I think if this is the process they have always followed, then its a fair process. I would like to know a little bit more whether or not this process has been followed this way before. Also I want to see if this is a targeted group of people," said Tarlecki.
 
The Lewes city council said it will accept the written letters and online comments from the public until January 10th. The town said they will consider the vote again on January 13th.

 

 
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