April marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. During that month, media outlets nationwide featured the research of geography professor Derek Alderman.
Alderman for years has been identifying streets bearing King’s name. He examines how naming the roads in honor of the civil rights leader is part of a watershed movement to rewrite and reclaim US history in a way that incorporates the contributions of people of color.
Alderman’s project also is a prominent part of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 50th anniversary commemoration of King’s life and legacy.
Outlets that quoted Alderman and highlighted his research included the Washington Post, National Geographic, New York Times, City Lab, St. Louis Dispatch, Nashville’s WSMV-TV and the Detroit Free Press.