Belton, Texas – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor voiced its support today of a request to rename a street which runs through the campus in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The request, filed with the City of Belton on Wednesday, calls for West 9th Avenue between Main Street and Loop 121 to be renamed in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The request was filed by the Belton African-American Churches United.
“Rev. Andy Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church Belton, first approached us with the idea of working with the church to rename a street in honor of Dr. King where we both own property,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear, president of UMHB. “As we continued discussing the matter, we concluded that attempting to rename 9th Avenue was preferable due to its high use and visibility. We couldn’t be more proud to support this effort. Dr. King was a great American who had a profound impact on our country.”
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a private Christian university located in Belton, Texas. Founded in 1845, the school was known for many years as the oldest female college west of the Mississippi. Today UMHB is a coed institution with more than 3,400 students. The university offers nine undergraduate degrees with forty-nine majors, six master’s degrees with eighteen majors, and one doctoral program. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1, an exceptional support system, and world-class academics, UMHB provides the finest in Christian higher education for its students.