Moonlight not only topped critics’ lists and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, now the movie is being honored by the city of Miami by having a street named after it.
On Tuesday Miami-Dade county made Moonlight a permanent part of the city’s history by re-naming the stretch of Northwest 22nd Avenue to “Moonlight Way.” The street’s location wasn’t chosen at random. “Moonlight Way” is only a few block from Liberty Square, the public housing complex where Chiron and his mother live in the the film.
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney both grew up in the neighborhood of Liberty City. “We can really be here and be somebody, two boys from Liberty City up here onstage representing the 305,” Jenkins said in his Oscars speech.
“This movie – at least what I got from it – really depicts the life of how a lot of us were raised and what we had to go through and endure as children in the inner city,” said Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson. “This goes out to children still living here in the inner city that are told they’ll never amount to anything. It shows that it doesn’t matter how you were raised or where you grew up; you can still turn out to be someone.”
According to the Miami Herald, the name change to “Moonlight Way” was passed unanimously. The resolution said 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.”