Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. got a new street in South Bend for his 88th birthday.
Portions of Saint Joseph and Michigan streets between the Western Ave. to the Marion St. roundabout will be named after the civil rights leader, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced Sunday to about 150 people at the Celebration of Life luncheon honoring the late King.
That stretch of road, which is along a bus route, features the Century Center and the former Hall of Fame building.
“After a thorough and inclusive process, I am thrilled to honor Dr. King’s legacy with the naming of one of our city’s most prominent and improved downtown streets,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “Now is as important as ever to remember his message of equality and justice. I thank all who participated in this process, and look forward to this way for South Bend to demonstrate our shared values.”
For the past two years, an advisory committee has evaluated the current Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. In July, the committee recommended extending the street north on Marion St. to Michigan St. and south along Chaplin St. and Prairie Ave. to the U.S. 20 bypass, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in South Bend has been the former Chapin St., from Washington St. to the south to Lincoln Way West to the north. Now, that stretch will be called “Charles Martin Sr. Drive,” after a notable local man who mentored hundreds of students in South Bend.