In a ceremony attended by 200 people including Bernie’s wife, daughter and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bernie Mac Street became a reality in his old neighborhood of Englewood Chicago. The late and great comedian passed away in 2008 at the young age of 50 from pneumonia complications from sarcoidosis, a rare autoimmune disease. “Words cannot describe how lonely my life feels sometimes without him, how bittersweet it is,” Mac’s daughter, Je’niece McCullough, said at the dedication ceremony. “But to be able to stand here right now and know that there is a street named after him, to know that I can bring my daughter and say, ‘Look, there’s a piece of your granddaddy right there’, it just does my heart so good.” Since his death in 2008, Mac’s family has been trying to come up with a way to pay tribute to him. “I hope this street naming is a beacon of light in this community,” said his daughter. “It should remind people that they can do whatever they want to do in life.” Now, the King of Comedy will forever be remembered. I’m happy for you Mac family.
Source: Chicago Tribune