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Miami Street to Be Renamed After Moonlight

Miami Street to Be Renamed After Moonlight

Moonlight (2016)

Liberty City's Northwest 22nd Avenue will celebrate Barry Jenkins' directorial achivements.

A street in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood--where Moonlight largely takes place--will be named after the Best Picture-winning film, according to Miami Herald.

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The length of Northwest 22nd Avenue, home to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, is being renamed "Moonlight Way" to celebrate Barry Jenkins' achievements in moviemaking. Jenkins grew up in the neighborhood himself, as did playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who explained during the film's Oscars acceptance speech, "We can really be here and be somebody, two boys from Liberty City up here onstage representing the 305."

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson added, "What this movie really did is depict how people grow up here in the inner city."

The name change passed unanimously, and the legislation stated that Moonlight "evidences the possible heights of success for students from underserved communities and dysfunctional family backgrounds, and exemplifies life's possibilities when family members foster a love of reading and when neighbors and educators fight for all students and cultivate their talents."

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