Would MLK by any other name smell as sweet?

The post title is a  play on Freakonomics Chapter 6, “Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?”

Earlier this year the Anacostia Library held a screening and discussion on the documentary “The State of MLK Street” , which examines the many avenues, boulevards and thoroughfares named after the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The library summary of the film states “eight young filmmakers traveled to 13 cities across the country to document and discuss what they saw against Dr. King’s legacy of social justice.”

Has his legacy been blighted by the ‘negative’ connotation that seems to prevail on streets that bear his name across the country? In the light of preparation for MLK parades and the recent unveiling of the MLK statute on the National Mall, I’m interested to know – has the MLK name become synonymous with violence, gang activity, and rough neighborhoods?

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