Tulsa, Oklahoma City Council Divided Over Renaming Street Named After Ku Klux Klan Member

| by Amanda Schallert
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The city leaders of Tulsa, Oklahoma were at a standstill Thursday when they could not reach an agreement about the possible renaming of a Tulsa street named for a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Tulsa City Council arrived at a 4-4 tie vote on the issue after a public hearing that ran longer than three hours, according to 8 News Now.

The street under consideration is called Brady Street, named after Wyatt Tate Brady, a Tulsa businessman who was a member of the Klu Klux Klan, according to

The council is awaiting the return of its ninth member, Phil Larkin, to break the tie vote next week. It is unclear what stance Larkin will take on the issue.

Some Tulsa residents have expressed concern that the council’s divided stance reflects racist attitudes still present in the city.

"If it doesn't pass, we will continue to have a need for a much better education process about the role of the KKK in Tulsa historically and the impact it has had on our black friends and neighbors in this community," said Councilor G.T. Bynum, who supports the name change. "Black people in Tulsa have had a very difficult time in Tulsa over the last 100 years."