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E.D. Nixon Avenue Dedicated

E.D. Nixon, Jr., speaks of his father at a dedication ceremony Thursday evening. E.D. Nixon, Jr., speaks of his father at a dedication ceremony Thursday evening.

He's called the forgotten hero of the Civil Rights movement, a man who worked hard for racial equality.

Thursday, at a dedication ceremony in front of the school that bears his name, Edgar D. Nixon was on everyone's mind.

"It's so great.  I wish he was alive to see it," said his son, E.D. Nixon, Jr.

Familiar faces, community leaders, and family members gathered for the dedication of E.D. Nixon Avenue.  With the street now carrying the name of such an influential figure, family members hope the city's residents will remember Nixon's contributions.

"There are so many wonderful stories of things that he did personally to help people," said his son.

A pivotal figure in the Civil Rights movement, Nixon worked closely with Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

With crime in Montgomery a big issue today, many of Nixon's old friends hope his vision of peace and action will be passed down to younger generations.

"They can have a part in altering things, and that's what we want them to realize," said Judge Thomas Gray.

With the celebrations came new hope that the legacy of such an important figure will live on.

"I think this helps people remember that we have to keep the movement going and that we have to keep going for the rights of all people," said Reverend Robert Graetz.

Mayor Bobby Bright--on hand for the dedication--mentioned the upcoming "Crime-Free Weekend," telling the public that many of Nixon's ideals still ring true.

Bright hopes everyone takes Nixon's lead and helps make a difference in their own neighborhood.

 

Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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