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Lovia Boyd remembered for her devotion to community

It’s been two years since Lovia C. Boyd (1931-2002) of Ennis was inducted into the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame in Waxahachie. The induction of Boyd – “Lovie,” as she was popularly known – was a posthumous recognition of her campaign to ensure public notice for the achievements of Ennis’s black citizens. She’s best known for the crusade she waged 38 years ago to rename Gilmer Street after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1982 the Ennis City Commission announced its unanimous vote to alter the name of the eastern half of Gilmer to MLK Drive. It was a fitting tribute, said the commission, “to a man who touched all our lives.” Boyd’s reaction was typical of the outspoken woman who spearheaded the controversial campaign. “I don’t care if it’s a block,” she said. “Just give it to me.” In 2003, a year after Boyd’s death at the age of 71, Ennis-based Unity in the Community established an annual Lovie Boyd Award, celebrating local leaders in community service. Read this story and more in your Weekend edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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