JONESBORO, Ark. – Commerce Drive will become Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive after the Jonesboro City Council finally passed the measure Monday night at a specially called meeting.
By a vote of 9 to 3, the Jonesboro City Council first voted to suspend the rules for a second and third reading. This was due to changes made in the ordinance at the last meeting resetting the process. Then, also by a vote of 9 to 3, the city council passed the measure honoring the African American civil rights leader.
The room erupted in applause.
Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin wasn’t able to make it to the meeting due to illness. However, the mayor has been on record saying he wants a street named after MLK in Jonesboro, said City Communications Director Bill Campbell. Campbell said this is a perfect answer for the city.
The three opposing members of the council were John Street, Mitch Johnson, and Bobby Long.
The council members who voted in favor were Bryant, Hafner, McClain, Gibson, Williams, Moore, Dr. Coleman, Vance, and Frierson.