City and community leaders joined together recently to celebrate the installation of five signs, designating Virginia Beach Boulevard in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The first sign was debuted at the northeast corner of Virginia Beach Boulevard and Independence Boulevard, near Town Center. Signs were also displayed where Virginia Beach Boulevard intersects Atlantic Avenue, Birdneck Road, North Great Neck Road and Newtown Road. “Dr. King’s leadership had a powerful impact on our country,” said Dr. Linda Bright, speaking in favor of the resolution during a recently held public hearing.
Two students from First Colonial Legal Academy and a Green Run Collegiate student also spoke in support of the designation. Ron Taylor, another Virginia Beach citizen who supported the resolution, added, “This is a historic moment in our city and we welcome our community and surrounding cities to join us.” By a 9-0 vote, City Council members recently passed a resolution authorizing signs to be erected in memory of the civil rights leader, who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.