Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was honored on the South Side this afternoon with the unveiling of a city street named in his honor.
The 5300 block of South Wabash Avenue was adorned with honorary street signs bearing his name. Patrick was greeted by fellow Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Robin Kelly, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and a slew of other South Side state and local officials.
Also on hand were children from a nearby elementary school Patrick attended as a child.
"My hope is that you and other kids on this block and in this neighborhood will look up at that sign and just ask, 'Who was that?'" Patrick said to the children who attended the event. "What will come back to you is not a story about me, but a story about your own possibility."
Quinn joined Patrick on an impromptu parade down his childhood block to the two-story apartment building the Massachusetts governor grew up in. The woman who lives there now was surprised to be greeted at her door by the Rev. Jackson and the two governors.
Patrick recalled sharing a bedroom in his grandparents' apartment with his mother and sister. The three shared a bunk bed, with each sleeping on the floor every third night.
"In those days in the 50s and the 60s, every child was under the jurisdiction of every adult on the block, so if you messed up down the street in front of Ms. Jones, she'd go upside your head as if you were hers and then call home, so you got it two times," Patrick recalled with a smile. "I think what those adults were trying to teach us was that membership in a community was understanding the stake each of us has in our neighbor's dreams and struggles as well as our own."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun