Since Kansas City residents rejected the renaming of The Paseo to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., the city has sought input on how it can honor the Civil Rights hero.

During a 90-day input window, Mayor Quinton Lucas received hundreds of suggestions. Now, Mayor Lucas has directed the KC Parks Board of Commissioners to reach further into the community to drive additional conversation and discussion on the topic.

“We learned a fundamental lesson over the past several months from Kansas City voters: public participation in the process matters,” said Mayor Lucas. “I know without a doubt Kansas City will do its part in honoring Dr. King.”

To gather additional input, a number of community input sessions have been planned. The initial meeting will be Sat., March 28, 10:30 a.m. at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Brush Creek Boulevard, KCMO. Childcare and lunch will be provided.

Additional sessions will be scheduled throughout the city at varying times of the day to help accommodate varying schedules. Food will be served at all sessions and childcare will be provided for the evening and Saturday sessions.

Individuals who plan on attending are asked to pre-register to help organizers accommodate everyone.

To register for the March 28 meeting, go to and search Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Public Meeting. You can also register by e-mailing, or calling 816-513-7512.

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