STANDING UNITED—Ministers united are, back row, from left: Rev. Victor Grigsby, Rev. Melvin Rippy and Rev. William Curtis. Front row, from left: Rev. Robert Young, Rev. Johnathan Wilson, Bishop Walter Thomas and Rev. Odell Dickerson. (Photo by Tené Croom)
The Baptist Minister’s Conference of Pittsburgh and Vicinity held a rousing Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at Central Baptist Church to, among other things, drive home a glaring oversight—Pittsburgh is one of the few major cities with no street named after the slain civil rights icon.
In an exclusive interview Rev. Victor Grigsby spoke bluntly, “It certainly speaks to the mentality of the city.”
There are over 900 cities with a street named after King.
The Steel City saw a bus rapid transit line—a nine mile stretch from Downtown to various places renamed the Martin Luther King Jr. Busway in February of 1983.
Reverend Grigsby, pastor of Central Baptist made it clear that the Baptist Minister’s Conference plans to have the issue as a major item on their agenda in 2014.