SAN DIEGO — Black leaders plan to call off a nationwide boycott on tourism that they initiated after San Diegans voted overwhelmingly to strip the name of Martin Luther King Jr. from a major downtown thoroughfare, sources close to the boycott effort have told The Times.
The announcement--scheduled to be made today in a speech at the Catfish Club by Urban League President Herb L. Cawthorne--is a response to acknowledgements from San Diego business leaders that the black community was deeply hurt by the vote, as well as promises from corporate leaders that they would create a private memorial to the slain civil rights leader, the sources said.
Black leaders had said they would try to persuade groups to cancel convention plans for San Diego as a protest against the vote. As of Thursday, San Diego convention officials said they have yet to have any group cancel its convention plans because of the vote, which reinstated the name of the thoroughfare to Market Street.
'Cannot Be Specific'
Asked Thursday about the end of the boycott, Cawthorne would only hint broadly at the possibility.
"I cannot be specific until tomorrow at the Catfish Club; however I will say that the goal of the . . . boycott was to ensure that the dignity of Dr. King would not be swung through the mud again.