|Updated: 8/30/2013 10:04 am
||Published: 8/29/2013 9:25 pm
A new focus in the frustration over Tulsa's Brady Street showed up in the city council chamber on Thursday evening.
The Tulsa City Council allowed public comment on the renaming of Brady Street for the first time since they voted to rename it l M.B. Brady after the Civil War photographer, Mathew Brady.
Emotion poured from some concerned citizens over an additional honorary sign in the area that will be named "Reconciliation Way."
"There can be no reconciliation without reparations," said Kristi Williams with the Tulsa Coalition for Social Justice.
Williams was one of the speakers who presented her disappointment with the honorary name during the city council meeting.
Williams and other speakers told FOX23 that they don't want that sign added because they don't believe that it is genuine.
"It's an illusion and it's a lie," said Williams, "to have reconciliation it takes both side to reconcile and we weren't included in that."
Another speaker said before the council members, "It would be so deceptive to put reconciliation way up in a place where reconciliation has not occurred."
In a response to one of the speakers, Councilor Blake Ewing commented and said that "Reconciliation Way" was more than just a sign but something to work toward.
"It's a symbol," said Ewing, "It's not something we have accomplished but something we aspire to."
Ewing made another point to say that both sides must offer humility and grace in order to see change and reconciliation in any city issue.