a miami street has been renamed in honor of ‘moonlight’

Moonlight Way will not only celebrate the film, but highlight the "possible heights of success for students from underserved communities and dysfunctional family backgrounds," according to a Miami commissioner.

by Wendy Syfret
20 April 2017, 2:16pm

If you're a resident of Northwest 22nd Avenue, between Northwest 61st and Northwest 66th street in Miami's Liberty City, you'll soon have to update your contact details. That stretch of street is being renamed 'Moonlight Way' in honor of the Oscar-winning film. Director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney grew up in the neighborhood, which later served as the setting and inspiration for the movie.

Miami-Dade commissioner Audrey Edmonson explained the decision was made as a gesture to the production that "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." She aded that it would be a message to kids from the area "that are told they'll never amount to anything." She stressed, "It shows that it doesn't matter how you were raised or where you grew up; you can still turn out to be someone."

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The city legislation stated the film serves as evidence of 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."

It's a sentiment shared by the writer and director. When accepting their Best Picture award, McCraney shouted out their hometown saying, "We can really be here and be somebody, two boys from Liberty City up here onstage representing the 305." Previously, Jenkins described the area to the Miami Herald as a world where, "life was very heavy, but it was still a beautiful, inspiring place."


Text Wendy Syfret
Moonlight still. 

Barry Jenkins
Liberty City
Tarell Alvin McCraney