Virginia Beach Unveils Signs Designating Virginia Beach Boulevard in Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

​On Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m., the City of Virginia Beach will unveil one of five signs designating Virginia Beach Boulevard in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The unveiling ceremony will take place at the northeast corner of Virginia Beach and Independence Boulevards.

On April 18, 2017, by a 9-0 vote, the City Council passed a resolution authorizing signs to be erected in memory of the civil rights leader who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.  In addition to Independence Boulevard, signs are located 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, who spoke in favor of the resolution during a public hearing on March 21, 2017. Two students from our First Colonial Legal Academy and a Green Run Collegiate student also spoke in support of the designation on March 21.

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."

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Bright at (757) 499-8111.

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