Anniston mayor wants to name street for MLK

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) - Some black leaders in Anniston will oppose Mayor Gene Robinson's bid to rename a street for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., saying the street is run-down and the community would benefit more from economic development.

Robinson called for renaming the West 15th Street at an event Tuesday marking the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

There have been two attempts to rename the street, one in the mid-1980s and another in 1994.

The Anniston Star reported that Councilman Ben Little said King would not have wanted a run-down street named after him.

He said King would want council members to have discretionary spending accounts so they could improve the community.

---Information from: The Anniston Star,

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