A baseball player. Civil rights activists. A drillmaster. A bus operator. Social justice leaders. A doctor. A basketball player. An archivist. Those are just a few of the occupations held by the many people who have made a difference along Prospect Avenue through the years. Some worked to preserve African-American history and culture in Kansas City. Others developed programs and resources for struggling families and neighborhoods. A few even marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All paved the way with significant contributions in the neighborhoods along Prospect.
In 2013, an advisory committee of more than 40 members was formed to offer guidance and feedback about Prospect MAX. The committee consists of community advocates, business owners and managers and civic and non-profit leaders who work, conduct business and/or live along the corridor. From that committee, a Naming Sub-Committee of 10 members was formed in 2017 to collaborate on the Honor Plaque Program, which will honor community members who made significant contributions along Prospect. Members brainstormed to create a slate of 24 community members to be honored with station plaques.
This public survey is being conducted to narrow the list to 10 honorees. The 10 honorees will be recognized with granite tile plaques, along with biographical information on an electronic kiosk, at select stations. Blank plaques will be installed at 28 other stations and will become projects of the community to name.