Council to ask Brady group to consider changing name

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Story by: Janai Norman
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.

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sandy angel - 8/15/2013 7:03 AM
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Blacks will never stop! All they know to do is cry racism,any time they want attention. Just like a child cries when they want to be held. It's time we tell them no, they are spoiled lazy.

Gordon - 6/24/2013 10:25 AM
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There is only a tiny group of 7 people who pushed for a name change. They are openly racist toward caucasians on their FB pages. They arecreating lies about OneOK field, creating fake KKK fliers to foment anger in the black community, and even calling Woody Guthrie a racist who helped instigate the race riot. None of which are true. They HATE so much that Downtown and the Brady District are successful that they are doing all they can to sabotage it.

Mayor Maynot - 6/21/2013 8:17 PM
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Read the full story ??? What a freaking joke. That offends you yet you are proud to call YOURSELVS African Americans. Get real clean house at home FIRST if you ever found offense in a name it would surely have to be African. Africans sold YOU into slavery. So when are you going to quit calling YOURSELVS Africans?? Quit yer whining. Bunch of fakes. Sit down you're rockin the boat said all the passengers.

Unwashed Mass - 6/21/2013 1:02 PM
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This makes it sound like the council WANTS the arts district to change its name, earlier it was reported that they just wanted them to discuss the problem. The people who actually own property in the district are not interested in changing the name.

RADD02 - 6/21/2013 11:44 AM
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Now what? Are these persons that micro-examine every detail of human history for things that (might) be offensive/rude to themselves going to want the street names across Tulsa changed because there is a prefix or block of lettering that somehow minutely offends them? I guess if it was named the "ABC - District" , there would be ALL kinds of persons finding offensive ties in the lettering or whatever? REALLY?
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