Las Vegas street named for former Nevada lawmaker and community leader

Las Vegas street named for former Nevada lawmaker and community leader

October 19, 2022

Photo of Cedric Crear holding the Harvey Munford street sign

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by Matthew Seeman

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The city of Las Vegas will name a stretch of road after a former Nevada assemblyman and community leader.

City council members voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename a portion of Sunny Place in the central valley "Harvey Munford Street."

The section of Sunny Place to be renamed runs from Washington Avenue to Bonanza Road, parallel with MLK Boulevard.

Munford spoke at Wednesday's meeting and became emotional when discussing the honor.

Councilman Cedric Crear advocated for the renaming, saying Munford has created a lasting impact in the West Las Vegas community that he has witnessed first-hand.

"As a role model in our community, including myself, from being a kid seeing you in the community always being active and engaged and fighting for others, it is quite an honor to have the ability to bring this to the council," Crear said at Wednesday's meeting.

Munford served in the Nevada state assembly from 2004 to 2005, taking part in one regular session and one special session, according to his legislative biography. He was an instructor for many years with the Clark County School District, College of Southern Nevada and UNLV.

He also played college and professional sports, having been inducted into the Montana State University Hall of Fame. He was the university's first Black student and graduate, and he was drafted by both the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and Los Angeles Rams of the NFL.