Naming of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

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Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road

  • Link to the Renaming of Airport Road

Materials to Date

  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the January 10, 2005 Business Meeting
  • January 10, 2005, Agenda Item #14, Proposed Actions in Response to Recommendation of Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road
  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the December 6, 2004 Business Meeting
  • December 6, 2004, Agenda Item #6, Committee Report, Attachments A, B, C, D, E, Resolution
  • November 30, 2004, Additional Citizen Comments received 11/18/04-11/30/04
  • November 20, 2004, Meeting Agenda
  • November 18, 2004, Letter to Participants from the Facilitator
  • November 18, 2004, DRAFT Report from the Committee
  • November 18, 2004, Additional Citizen Comments received 11/17/04-11/18/04
  • November 17, 2004, Additional Citizen Comments received 11/2/04-11/17/04
  • November 5, and 6, Committee Meeting Materials
  • Meeting Agenda
  • Ground Rules
  • Conflict Handouts
  • Conflict Is...
  • Consensus is...
  • Dynamics of Power
  • What's on Your Mind
  • Worksheet for Observers
  • November 4, 2004, Additional Citizen Comments
  • November 1, 2004, Press Release from the Facilitator
  • November 1, 2004, Letter to Participants from the Facilitator, with Team Overview
  • November 1, 2004, Committee Meeting Agenda for November 5, and 6 meetings
  • November 1, 2004, Additional Citizen Comments received 9/13/04 -11/1/04
  • Excerpt of the Minutes form the October 27, 2004 Business Meeting
  • October 27, 2004, Agenda Item #13b, Appointments to the Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road
  • October 13, 2004, Schedule of Committee Meetings
  • September 22, 2004, List of facilitators who have volunteered or been recommended
  • September 22, 2004, Request for Proposals from Facilitators
  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the September13, 2004 Business Meeting
  • September 13, 2004, Additional Info-5.1- Citizen Comments
  • September 13, 2004, Agenda Item #7b, Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road
  • September 13, 2004, Agenda Item #5.1, Appointment of Special Committee to Consider Renaming of Airport Road; Employment of Facilitator
  • September 13, 2004, Item #4a, Nominations to various advisory boards and commissions
  • Excerpts of the Minutes from the September 7, 2004 Business Meeting
  • September 7, 2004, Revised Advertisement for Committee members
  • September 7, 2004, Agenda Item #4b, Additional Information
  • September 7, 2004, Agenda Item #4b, Nominations to Various Advisory Boards and Commissions
  • June 30, 2004, Advertisement for Committee members
  • Excerpts of the Minutes from the June 14, 2004 Business Meeting
  • June 14, 2004, Additional Info-2.1- Citizen Comments
  • June 14, 2004, Agenda Item #3a(2), From Various Citizens regarding Request to keep the Historic Name of Airport Road, or Consider Renaming to Ronald Reagan Boulevard
  • June 14, 2004, Agenda Item #2.1, Supplemental Information from Mayor Foy
  • June 14, 2004, Agenda Item #2.1, Supplemental Information Citizen’s Petition
  • June 14, 2004, Agenda Item #2.1, Continuation of Public Forum on a Proposal to Rename Airport Road in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the May 24, 2004 Business Meeting
  • May 24, 2004, Additional Info-6- Citizen Comments
  • May 24, 2004, Agenda Item #6, Continuation of a Public Forum on a Proposal to Rename Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the April 19, 2004 Public Hearing
  • April 19, 2004, Additional Info-1- Citizen Comments
  • April 19, 2004, Agenda Item #1, Public Forum to Consider the Renaming of Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • Excerpt of the Minutes from the March 22, 2004 Business Meeting
  • March 22, 2004, Agenda Item #4o, Report from the Naming Committee regarding Renaming of Airport Road as Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • Excerpts of the Minutes from the January 12, 2004 Business Meeting
  • January 12, 2004, Agenda Item #11a(2), Martin Luther King Blvd. Petition 

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SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER RENAMING AIRPORT ROAD

20 Members; 4 NAACP, 4 Airport Rd Residents or Bus. Owner, 2 Familiar with History, 7 Citizens-at-large, 3 Council Members

Established 6/14/04; Estimated Completion is Spring of 2005

Emily Dickens, Mayoral Aide (Staff Liaison) See Below (Council Liaison)

Usual Meeting: TBD

 

Members

Terms

Council Members (3)

 

Mayor Kevin Foy

Appointed: 9/13/04

19 Oakwood Drive

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

 

(H) 932-1925

 

kevinfoy@townofchapelhill.org

 

 

 

Edith Wiggins

Appointed: 9/13/04

605 Piney Mountain Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(H) 929-2071

edithwiggins@nc.rr.com

 

Sally Greene

Appointed: 9/13/04

406 Morgan Creek Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

(H) 932-7285

sally@ibiblio.org

 

NAACP Member (4)

 

Jesse Gibson

Appointed: 9/13/04

P. O. Box 649

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Durham, NC 27702

 

 

 

Bishop L. Gene Hatley

Appointed: 9/13/04

8127 Farrington Mill Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

 

 

 

Mae B. McLendon

Appointed: 9/13/04

109 Caldwell Street

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

Ashley Osment

Appointed: 9/13/04

415 Patterson Place

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

 

 

Airport Rd Resident or Bus. Owner(4)

 

Bruce Allen Johnson

Appointed: 9/13/04

1187 Airport Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Catherine Holland

Appointed: 10/27/04

608 Airport Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Stephen Largent

Appointed: 10/27/04

620 Airport Road

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Sheila A Mikhail

Appointed: 9/13/04

201 Arcadia Lane

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Familiar with History (2)

 

Yonni Chapman

Appointed: 10/27/04

304 Umstead Drive

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

Aidan J. Smith

Appointed: 9/13/04

201B Carver Street

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

Citizen At-Large (7)

 

Brenda Brown

Appointed: 9/13/04

209 Butler Court

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Justin Coleman

Appointed: 9/13/04

208 St. Andrews Lane

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

 

 

 

Curtis Harper

Appointed: 9/13/04

166 Ridge Trail

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

 

 

 

Joe Herzenberg

Appointed: 9/13/04

6 Cobb Terrace

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Creighton Irons

Appointed: 9/13/04

425 Hillsborough Street, Apt. 2D

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514

 

 

 

Tom Jensen

Appointed: 9/13/04

134 Winston Dorm, UNC Residence Hall

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

 

 

 

Chuck Stone

Appointed: 9/13/04

107 Oxford Hills Place

Term Expires: 6/30/07

Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2139

 


Excerpt of the Minutes from the January 10, 2005 Business Meeting

 

Item 14 – Proposed Actions in Response to Recommendations of

the Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road

 

Public Works Director Bill Letteri stated the staff was recommending a process that would follow up on the recommendations of the Special Committee to Rename Airport Road and would address the need to rename the Town street now named Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.  Mr. Letteri said there were four resolutions provided and were recommended for adoption, which would:

 

·        authorize the Manager to begin implementing certain recommendations and take such actions as are necessary to change Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; authorize the Manager to provide help to citizens and businesses with the transition, as allowed by law and within the Town’s available resources;

 

·        establish a citizens’ committee to plan appropriate observances and ceremonies to create the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard;

 

·        establish a second committee to consider the additional proposals of the Special Committee and recommend future actions to the Council; and

 

·        authorize the Council’s Naming Committee, with staff support provided by the Manager, to conduct a process that would result in the renaming of Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.

 

Charles Wolfe noted he had lived on Airport Road as a student and now managed property on Airport Road, and lived on property adjoining the airport.  He said he had a great deal of respect for Dr. King and did not want anyone to take his remarks inappropriately, adding that he was not opposed to having a major road in Chapel Hill named for Dr. King.

 

Mr. Wolfe stated that the Committee had made its report to the Council on December 6, outlining its recommendations.  He said he was somewhat surprised that once the report was released, that an opportunity was not provided for the public to comment on those recommendations.  Mr. Wolfe said that he was surprised that there were no roadways named for John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, or more importantly for George Washington Carver or Rosa Parks.  He asked why we don’t recognize others who were instrumental in the Civil Rights movement.  Mr. Wolfe asked if there would be any opportunity to discuss this.

 

Mayor Foy responded that the decision had been made, and what the Council was now considering was how to implement it.  He thanked Mr. Wolfe for his comments.

 

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD MOVED RESOLUTION R-16a, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER VERKERK.  THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY (9-0).

 

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO PROCEED WITH WORK NECESSARY TO CHANGE “AIRPORT ROAD” TO  “MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BLVD.” AND TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE CHANGE (2005-01-10/R-16a)

 

WHEREAS, the Council created a Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road  and to develop recommendations for appropriate memorials to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

WHEREAS, the Council received the Committee’s report and recommendations on December 6, 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council resolved to change the name of Airport Road to “Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. with a separate sign with the designation “Historic Airport Road”;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Town Manager is hereby authorized to proceed with all necessary communications, design, fabrication, estimation and other steps necessary to effect the renaming of Airport Road, to include:  communications with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, U. S. Postal Service, businesses, citizens and others affected by the road name change;  to design and fabricate prototypes of proposed signs; to estimate all costs and time necessary to make proposed changes; to prepare a report to the Council at a future meeting to present a proposed street name sign design, costs and schedule. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manager is also authorized to take the necessary steps to change the address of Town Hall from 306 N. Columbia Street to the appropriately numbered Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. address.  Further, the Manager is directed to develop a plan to notify all parties affected by the Town Hall address change and, to the extent practical, utilize all existing stationary, envelops, etc. to mitigate the cost of the change. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manager is authorized to assist those affected by the change to the extent allowed by law and within available Town resources.

 

This the 10th day of January, 2005.

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER GREENE MOVED RESOLUTION R-16b, AMENDED TO INCLUDE MAY 8 AS THE CELEBRATION DATE.

 

Council Member Greene said that May 8 was the date that Dr. King has visited and spoke in Chapel Hill 45 years ago, and she had submitted for the record three news articles about that event to be included in the record.

 

THE MOTION WAS SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER WARD.  THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY (9-0).

 

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FORMATION OF AN OBSERVANCES COMMITTEE TO ORGANIZE A ROAD NAME CHANGE CELEBRATION (2005-01-10/R-16b)

 

WHEREAS, the Council created a Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road  and to develop recommendations for appropriate memorials to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council received the Committee’s report and recommendations on December 6, 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council desires to recognize and celebrate the renaming of the road on May 8, 2005, in an appropriate fashion that would involve the community;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council hereby authorizes the formation of an observances committee to organize and develop the logistics of appropriate observances and ceremonies to recognize the road name change.  Said committee will be composed of one or more Council member(s), interested citizens and others as determined by the Council. 

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manager is authorized to solicit applications for appointment to the committee and schedule the nomination and appointment process as soon as practical. 

 

This the 10th day of January, 2005.

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER WARD MOVED RESOLUTION R-16c, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER GREENE.  THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY (9-0).

 

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE FORMATION OF A COMMITTEE TO ADDRESSING RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED IN THE DECEMBER 6, 2004 REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER RENAMING AIRPORT ROAD (2005-01-10/R-16c)

 

WHEREAS, the Council created a Special Committee to Consider Renaming Airport Road  and to develop recommendations for appropriate memorials to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and 

 

WHEREAS, the Council received the Committee’s report and recommendations on December 6, 2004; and

 

WHEREAS, the Committee’s report included a number of recommendations for honoring the legacy of Dr. King; and

 

WHEREAS the Council wishes to consider these recommendations and to receive additional information about them from citizens and affected advisory boards and agencies;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council hereby authorizes the formation of a Continuing Concerns Committee composed of one or more Town Council members, citizens and others as determined by the Council to address recommendations contained in the December 6, 2004 report as follows:

 

  • Renaming and creating a room at the Library with a collection of materials honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights in Chapel Hill.
  • Support a museum exhibit about Airport Road that includes oral histories, publications, etc. that the Town Council oversees.
  • Further honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with information signs saying “Peace, Racial, and Economic Justice.”
  • Establish a branch of the library in the African American community.
  • Continue to address racial and power issues in Chapel Hill by coordinating activities such as:

a)      An annual weekend meeting similar to this forum for a committee of unlimited size to address and discuss race issues in Chapel Hill.

b)      A Town proclamation of “Racial Justice Week.”

c)      An annual publication on the state of Black Chapel Hill that includes indicators of housing, jobs, education, political power, social issues, health status, etc.

d)      A seminar series.

e)      Public Arts.

f)        Oral history.

g)      Annual Brown vs. Board of Education forum.

  • Advocate and voice support for the mission and work of the Orange County Human Rights and Relations Commission.

 

Said committee will coordinate its work with Town staff, the Library Board of Trustees, the Museum Board of Directors and the Orange County Human Rights and Relations Commission and others as appropriate.  Recommendations of the Committee will be reported to Council at a future Council meeting.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manager is authorized to solicit application for appointment to the committee and schedule the nomination and appointment process as soon as possible.

 

This the 10th day of January, 2005.

 

 

COUNCIL MEMBER VERKERK MOVED RESOLUTION R-15, SECONDED BY COUNCIL MEMBER STROM.  THE MOTION WAS ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY (9-0).

 

 

A RESOLUTION REFERRING THE RENAMING OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. STREET TO THE TOWN COUNCIL’S NAMING COMMITTEE (2005-01-10/R-16d)

 

WHEREAS, the Council has decided to change the name of Airport Road to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard; and

 

WHEREAS, there is now a street in Chapel Hill named Martin Luther King, Jr. Street that will need to be renamed, and the Council desires to proceed with a process for the renaming;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council’s Naming Committee with staff support will develop and conduct a process to solicit proposals from residents of the present Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and others interested for the renaming and will report their recommendations to the Council at a future Council meeting.

 

This the 10th day of January, 2005. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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