you've got the highest court in Chicago? "
"We were put
here by the highest court in Chicago."
Kings Of King
schoolyards named for Crispus Attucks, parks memorializing Frederick Douglass,
rec centers honoring Booker T. Washington, playgrounds bearing the name of
Ralph Bunche and junior college gyms with MALCOM X chiseled on their
cornerstones. But none of the aforementioned late greats is close to
challenging the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. when it comes to having
his name attached to parks and rec centers. From Michigan to Illinois, New York
to Indiana, Minnesota to Texas, you'll find the name of Dr. K gracing the
proving grounds of tomorrow's Dr. Js.
So, which is best?
For raw comp, we'll take Dallas's MLK Recreation Center, where a summer league
team boasting both Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman once finished second. For
atmosphere, go with MLK Park in Grand Rapids, Mich., whose distinguishing
feature is a King-style preacher on the sidelines. To see, a thriving youth
program, march on Washington's MLK Rec Center. And for keeping the spirit
alive, nothing beats Buffalo's MLK Park, where summer league officials are
considering building a rainproof bubble over the court. They have a dream.