Arizona

Jan 20, 2014 1:46 PM by Associated Press

Arizona city honors King with street naming

MESA, AZ - Mesa is marking Martin Luther King Day with a parade and other celebrations.

But the highlight this year is the completion of a project the city's MLK Committee has worked on for several years: the unveiling of a street named after King.

The decision to rename 3rd Place as MLK Way came during a Mesa City Council meeting in December.

The East Valley Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1e6eJA7 ) there are numerous reasons why the renaming of 3rd Place is so important to the city. The area used to be home to a segregated park and swimming pool for the community's black, Native American and Latino residents.

In 1953, residents formed the Better Community Council to eliminate segregation at public facilities and restaurants. The committee's efforts led to integration of the pool.

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