While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s name is synonymous with racial equality, the fire that fueled Dr. King and those other brave souls who risked everything to make our country a great pace for all races and creeds was ignited by the spark that created the flame that became that fire by another brave soul ' Rosa Parks.

Parks ignited the movement in a way never done before. While our country has come a long way since those dark days of segregation, the fight for racial equality for all American citizens is far from over.

I believe that a constant reminder of those brave souls who did risk all to make our country a better place in which to live is needed. I believe that the city of Lafayette portion of the new I-49 should be named or dedicated as King-Parks Hope Way. I am not aware of any other streets in the country with that name, and if Lafayette does it, hopefully other cities will follow. The price of freedom and racial equality is eternal vigilance.

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