KCI Terminal renaming idea not satisfying to activists who wish to honor MLK

The original effort focused on relabeling The Paseo

Bill Grady
May 25, 2018 - 4:40 am

The proposal to rename the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King is facing strong opposition from people who do not believe it is enough. 

A campaign was launched in April with the backing of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver to rename The Paseo after Dr. King. People continue to collect signatures to put a measure on the November, 2018 ballot. 

Rev. Vernon Howard of the Kansas City branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference thinks naming one building after the Dr. King fails to adequately honor the civil rights leader's legacy. The Paseo renaming effort started about three years ago.

"The Parks Board has said, no, there was no commitment verbalized, by the mayor, the city council," Howard said. "The question becomes, what do citizens do?"

Rev. Howard says even if the entire airport were named for Dr. King, the effort on the Paseo should continue. For now, he has no plans to talk with city officials .

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