Kansas votes to remove Martin Luther King’s name from one of city’s most historic roads

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Civil rights icon Dr Martin Luther King’s name will be removed from one of Kansas City’s main roads after residents voted overwhelmingly to replace it.

The 10-mile boulevard on the Missourian city’s mostly black east side has been the subject of fierce debate since officials opted for the name change in January.

The U-turn result comes less than a year after the city council approved plans to rename The Paseo to The Paseo for King, in honour of the civil rights leader.

Unofficial results showed 70 per cent of the vote in favour of removing King’s name from the boulevard, with just over 30 per cent voting to retain it.

Campaign group “Save the Paseo” presented a petition in April with more than 2,800 signatures, calling for a public vote on the issue.

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