HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Neighbors rallied in support of renaming Cantrell Avenue to Martin Luther King Jr. Way on Tuesday.
More than 30 people gathered at Court Square before the city council made its decision.
One of the speakers, Stan Maclin, said thanked the crowd for attending.
"Today is a day of history in the making," said Maclin.
Organizer Hermalinda Cortes said they decided to meet before to connect with each other.
"Meeting here gives us an opportunity to talk about one another about why something like this matters to our town," said Cortes.
She said the renaming matters to her because she believes in equal rights.
"I believe that him and many leaders he worked with and communities that he worked in believed that we have to come across our differences that are better for all of us and not just for some of us," said Cortes.
She said they reached out to different communities.
"It was a lot of our effort across race, across class, across gender, across sexuality. It feels really important and we felt Dr. King's vision was about that," said Cortes.
Maclin encouraged the crowd to support the effort.
"Together we can make a difference in this beloved community of Harrisonburg," said Maclin.
At the rally, neighbors held signs, chanted and walked through downtown Harrisonburg.
People ended the rally at the city council chambers, when they walked in the chambers hand in hand.
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