When comedian Bernie Mac passed away in 2008 at the age of 50 from pneumonia complications after suffering from the disease sarcoidosis, I’m pretty sure everyone was shocked at a passing that seemed so unexpected. He made people laugh both on the comedy stage and on television with the hilarious program, The Bernie Mac Show, and somebody recognized all of his contributions, because now the late comic has his own street on the South Side of Chicago. You can find Bernie Mac Street on West 69th and South Sangamon street in the Englewood neighborhood, which is not too far from where he grew up. The idea came from his publicist last year, and as of yesterday, her idea for her late client and friend finally came to fruition. According to The Chicago Tribune, Mac’s daughter hopes that naming the street after her father will encourage those in the community to know they can do bigger and better things: “I hope this street naming is a beacon of light in this community,” Mac’s daughter said. “It should remind people that they can do whatever they want to do in life.” Let’s hope so!

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