MLK: Travels on Black America’s Main Street.

This is an excellent follow-up//complimentary photo-blog post about a parallel street to N. Williams Ave. (Portland), both literally and figuratively. MLK in Motion is a blog that is proactively tracking the rapid changes on the boulevard. Same story, different street.

MLK in Motion

These two signs appeared on the Vanport lot at MLK & Alberta recently:

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“Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America’s Main Street” is Jonathan Tilove’s photojournal of his visits to various Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevards in the U.S., published in 2003. He writes:

The second question [“Are there any nice ones?”] has become more nettlesome as time has gone on. The implication of this question is that the streets might do more honor to King is they were nicer, a point of view expressed even by many folks on King. But why? If we wanted nice we could have undertaken a journey along Pleasant Street. Gentrification is about making a street “nice.” King’s life was not.

The genius of King streets is how they honor Martin Luther King in precisely the way that the national holiday cannot, by provoking passions and controversy and conflict, by stirring fervent debate…

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