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NAACP seeks to rename street after MLK

Published On: Jan 20 2014 04:26:21 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 20 2014 05:02:21 PM CST
BUFFALO ST
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

The Johnson City-Washington County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People hopes they will soon see a local street renamed after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The NAACP chapter president Joyce Goines tells News 5 they originally tried to rename Legion Street in Johnson City after the civil rights leader, but that proposal fell through.

Goines tells us they are now focusing their sights on a section of Buffalo Street from University Parkway to Water Street. We learned it would cost $335 to start the process of changing the street signs.

Goines tells us they reaching out to local churches for support.

Even though they don't have the full support of all the homes and businesses on Buffalo Street, Goines is confident that the change can send a positive message to the community. "Martin Luther King did a lot for everyone. He was non-violent and it didn't matter what you race are, he was just for the people. He deserves to have a street named after him," said Joyce Goines.

Goines tells us the street would likely be named Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.