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Montreal park to be renamed in honour of Martin Luther King Jr.

Global News logo Global News 2019-04-10 Kalina Laframboise
Martin Luther King, Jr. wearing a suit and tie: A Montreal park will don Martin Luther King Jr.'s name. © THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP,files A Montreal park will don Martin Luther King Jr.'s name.

The City of Montreal is honouring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by naming a park after him.

Kent Park in the Côte-des-Neiges neighbourhood will be renamed in recognition of the American civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1968.

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante described King as instrumental in fighting for civil rights and combating racial discrimination.

"His work has had a major impact for the defence of minority rights not only in the United States but also in Canada and around the world," she said in a statement.

The change of the park's name embodies Montreal's culturally diverse population and its commitment to a better quality of life, according to the city.

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Magda Popeanu, city councillor for Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, said it is essential to "honour the contribution of this great man to our community."

The park is bordered by Côte-des-Neiges Road, Kent Avenue, Appleton Avenue and Hudson Road. It is close to parks named after Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

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