Belton African-American Churches United, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB), and City of Belton will host an unveiling ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The ceremony will take place at the corner of College and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., formerly W. 9th Ave.
Dr. Alveda Celeste King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., will be a guest speaker at the event.
The Belton City Council approved the street name change on Nov. 12 following a recommendation from City staff. Belton African-American United submitted multiple petitions over a period of 23 months requesting street name changes to honor Martin Luther King Jr. For the City Council to consider changing the name of a street, City policy requires at least 70 percent of responding property owners on a proposed route agree to allow the change.
In the case of the proposal to change W. 9th Ave. to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., UMHB owned 16 properties along the route. The Belton City Council considered the request after a 19-3 vote of support from property owners along the route.