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Brady Street vote continued until next week

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Updated: 8/09/2013 2:22 am Published: 8/09/2013 2:17 am

Tulsa City Councilors continue a vote on a possible name change for Brady Street until next week. Councilors tied the vote on the decision (4-4). They decided to wait for Councilor Phil Larkin to return next week.

51 people signed up to speak for and against the name change. They were allowed five minutes to speak and it took four hours before everyone finished.
Brady Street has been at the center of controversy ever since rumors rose of Tate Brady’s alleged involvement with the Ku Klux Klan and the 1921 Tulsa Race riots.

“They’ll hold Tate Brady up as a hero and deep in their hearts they know what this man did,” said James Johnson, a supporter of the name change. ?if we continue after tonight to allow the Brady name to go on then Alvin Watts and Jake England deserve to have their own streets , the gentlemen that killed black folks on Good Friday Morning.”

“Will Renaming Brady Street changes the erase the history as a racially charged city? No. What it will do is likely unleash a plethora of name change demands,” said Bob Fleischman, a Brady Street business owner.

City Councilors will vote on whether or not to change the name next Thursday. FOX23 has learned if it is passed private citizens have stepped up to pay for the street renaming.

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Dandy Randy - 8/13/2013 2:10 AM
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How ironic: most blacks have their own street names. They're on file w/ the drug & gang enforcement division.

Unwashed Mass - 8/9/2013 3:40 PM
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They already voted, and it was a tie. That means it failed, case closed.

gettingby - 8/9/2013 1:14 PM
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Honestly, there is too much 'giving to the community' and not enough sweat equity on the community's part.

rwill04 - 8/9/2013 9:26 AM
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Why not change the name, everything else has changed downtown. Mr Brady is long gone now, he can be remembered with a statue or monument or a park or a theater. How about we action naming the street and give that money to the community. Talking about giving a hand up and not a hand out. My 2 cents.

karlschneider - 8/9/2013 7:58 AM
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So a handful of black malcontents have lots of spare time to complain about something that happened a century ago...there are a lot of people who aren't all that happy about having a street in virtually every town in America re-named for a serial-adulterer, bogus minister and plagiarist named King. Bah.

gettingby - 8/9/2013 6:33 AM
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Here's a thought, if you want to be offended by something--look at how the North of Tulsa is treated by those who live there. Run down, dangerous, unkept and uncared for. Folks, paint brushes and pruning shears are available at any big box store. Keep your kids in school, and glass not boards in your window.

Mayor Maynot - 8/9/2013 4:39 AM
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Yet you wear the name African like a badge of honor. Africans stalked your kin sold them at auction into slavery and that does not offend you? I'm truly shocked that you have never truly cared enough for yourself. Clean up your own back yard by changing your name first and show a little sincerity :-> if you can't do that then it looks like you are faking on the whole Brady thing.
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