Brady name change supporters host "No Brady Block Party"

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Updated: 8/08/2013 10:01 am Published: 8/07/2013 10:50 pm

It wasn't the typical block party. Wednesday night, a small group of people held a "No Brady Block Party" near downtown Tulsa's Brady District.

Tate Brady, one of the founders of Tulsa, has unconfirmed ties to the KKK.

There was a discussion why there should be a name change a day before city councilors vote to change it to Burlington District.

Dozens surrounded the Black Wall Street Memorial at the Greenwood Cultural Center wearing T-shirts saying #Rename Brady.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world," said a speaker as the crowd began to sing "Lift Up Your Voices."

"It's true, he was a Klansman. He also had ties to the 1921 massacre," said Kristi Williams, an organizer. "I think it's right to take that name down because of what it represents."

However, some Brady District visitors say a name change will stop the growth of this area.

"The Brady District seems to have just gotten popular within the past three years or so. I would say it would kind of take away from the possibility of it getting even more popular," said Jaqueline Champlin, a frequent visitor of the area.

"It's not a race thing, it's a human issue," said Williams. "What better story to tell tourists that come here, this was our past but look where we're going. We were big enough to take that name down and move forward together."

FOX23 reached out to the president of the Brady Arts District Business Association. He declined to comment only saying the Brady name has historical and teaching value.

The Tulsa City Council is scheduled to decide whether to change the name Thursday.

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Unwashed Mass - 8/8/2013 11:41 AM
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There is no "vote to change it to Burlington District" or anything else, just a public discussion on a name change that no one actually involved in the Brady district supports.

kwilson - 8/8/2013 11:13 AM
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The City Council has no authority to change the name of the district - that falls within the purview of the residents, and their various business associations. Let's quit wasting money and time on this, as a city...if the business owners want to get together and rebrand the district, more power to them. It's not the City's job, and changing the name of the street changes nothing. Sheesh.

Gordon - 8/8/2013 10:30 AM
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This Kristi Williams has limited knowledge of the Riot period. She is parroting a single info source. Brady has no connection to the unfolding of the riot other than standing watch on Main Street during one night.
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