|Updated: 6/21/2013 1:54 pm
||Published: 6/21/2013 11:11 am
One day after city council agrees to ask the Brady Property Owners Association to consider renaming Brady Street, Juneteenth celebrations kick off in the downtown district.
That's causing a stir because the district is named after a man believed to have ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
Robbie Stewart said, "That's not right, you know?"
"I'm a little taken back from it," Adrion Robbins says.
Downtown the idea of who Tate Brady is rumored to have been continues to offend some residents.
Robbins says, "Who wouldn't be? Especially being a man of color."
Robbins is playing with his band at some of the Juneteenth festivities kicking off tonight, and says he's embracing the irony of the location.
"What better way than to celebrate our freedom on somebody who was associated with that kind of organization," Robbins began. "We can dance and sing and have a great time celebrating our freedom."
Stewart tells Fox23's Janai Norman, "I think anything that's a positive celebration like that should have positive everything connected to it."
The Brady family denies the allegations, but Fox23 news found out despite the denials, some residents won't even visit the Brady District.
City councilors are making progress toward potentially changing the name of Brady Street as it's continued to caused concerns.
"I'd want it changed," Stewart offered. "Or at least considered."
It could be months before we see any changes, but for this weekend's celebration, Robbins says one street name won't matter.
"We run parallel right with MLK as well, so we're going to have a great time and just celebrate our freedom."
As part of the Juneteenth celebration, there will be a block party on Greenwood Avenue Friday, as well as Guthrie Green holding events Friday and Saturday.
As for the renaming, two city councilors are working with the association and hope to have a possible plan within 90 days.