LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- Clark County NAACP supporters protested in Arkadelphia, fighting the city's plan to rename 10th street after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black community leaders are still frustrated with the city's decision against renaming Pine Street after Dr. King, which they say is the best and only street that should be named in King's honor. "We, the black community, have no connection to 10th Street so if you're not gonna rename Pine Street just leave it alone," said local NAACP President Henry Wilson. "If they leave it alone, we'll sit down at the table and talk about some compromise but right now we're not compromising."
City leaders say they wouldn't support renaming Pine Street because it would be too costly for Pine Street businesses to change their address. "It doesn't matter what they want to change the name to, all of us owners will be out a lot of money," Donna Worrell told THV Saturday. "It doesn't make Clark County look very good. Everybody needs to work together and compromise on stuff that won't further hurt businesses in town."
Worrell also told THV it would cost roughly $8,000 to change the address on her checks, receipts, and computer systems at her Citgo gas station. Wilson and other NAACP leaders say they've talked to other business owners who don't think it would cost nearly that much to change their address.