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Board approves naming Memphis street for MLK

By ADRIAN SAINZ
Associated Press

(AP) - Memphis officials have approved naming a street after Martin Luther King Jr., nearly 44 years after the civil rights leader was killed in this city.

The Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board voted Thursday to re-name nine blocks of Linden Avenue in the city's downtown area Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue.

The vote came after the City Council approved a proposal to ask the land use board to consider re-naming the street. It runs parallel to Beale Street, the famous tourist drag, and in front of the FedExForum.

The street also runs near the Clayborn Temple, where King rallied with striking sanitation workers days before he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

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