Hundreds attended the celebration event honoring Liberty City’s own, Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney, creators of the award-winning film Moonlight, and the movie’s cast, crew and producers at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson brought her impressive 5000 Role Models on stage as she read the entry into the U.S. congressional record honoring Moonlight and its creators. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson lead the crowd from the Outdoor Stage Presentation to a surprise unveiling of the actual Moonlight street sign in its now permanent location — the NW 22nd Ave side of the Center. There, Moonlight cast member Sharif Earp commented that kids will see the sign and instead of picking up a gun, they will know that they can pick up a camera or book and go the Moonlight Way.
During the Outdoor Stage Presentation Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney jointly presented ceremonial checks to youth on stage in the amount of a $40k donation for the purpose of starting a cinematic arts program at the AHCAC. McCraney, an alumnus of the Center, thanked its director, Marshall L. Davis, Sr. for finding the funds that gave him access to center programs as a child from an impoverished home.
Special to Phresh Media Miami