Folks living in Detroit will now have the joy of driving down “Stevie Wonder Ave” after the city honored the music legend by renaming a road after him.
On Wednesday, hundreds of people including US Rep. John Conyers and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan gathered for a ceremony honoring Stevie Wonder, where “Stevie Wonder Ave” was unveiled two blocks from the icons first home in the city.
During his address to the crowd, Wonder sang a bit of “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” joking, “I just wanted you to know I can still sing.”
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Mayor Duggan told Wonder during the ceremony, “You embody everything that we’re capable of, and Stevie Wonder Avenue is a way of saying thank you to all you have given us, but it’s also our way of reminding our children … that this street was once home to a talented young man just like them whose music changed the world.”
Wonder also expressed how touched he was by the honor, adding, “I guess I can’t say I’m lost for words because I know what I feel, but I don’t know if what I’m going to say will match how deeply I feel this,” he said, speaking to the media.
“And that is that I love you all. I love you with my life. I love you with my heart. You are the fuel that make this engine go. You are the joy that creates this smile. You are the yes we can. Yes I can. You truly are the sunshine of my life.”