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Through street dedications, city councilors are saluting residents that have paved the way for change

st-dedStreet renaming is more powerful than most people realize. It’s not just a way to guide mail to your house, it’s an identity. And it can honor those in the community that have turned that piece of asphalt into a path to great things. In the shadow of his church, J.B. Norman Jr. is one of those being recognized for his contributions. Councilor Lashunda Scales and city leaders have renamed 20th Street Southwest between Pearson and Lee Avenues to J.B. Norman Jr. Drive. The street runs directly in front of “Rivers of Living Water Faith Church” where Norman has been the pastor for over 30 years. People invest a great deal into their street identity. Change a street name, and you change the way people think about that stretch of road. Recent renaming of streets around Birmingham has been questioned for their validity and so an official policy is being developed. Until that is decided, councilors are quick to explain that the meaning behind the action should not be forgotten. For more information visit: or WATCH THE VIDEO.