Near the intersection at Dunn and Airways Wednesday afternoon, family, friends and fans of slain rapper Young Dolph joined with Memphis City Council members and others for the unveiling of Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton, Jr. Avenue.

Mia Jaye, Young Dolph’s partner and the mother of his children, Tre and Ari, put the unveiling of the honorary street designation in this context:

With her children at her side, Mia Jaye speaks at the unveiling of Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton, Jr. Avenue. (Photo: Kelvin Cowans)

“I just want to thank everyone who came out today. 

“I want to thank our family. I want to thank Rita for making sure this got done in a way that would really honor Adolph and the community that he loved so much. 

“I want to thank Councilman JB Smiley (Jr.) and all of the Councilmen that approved for this to be done. 

“And to everybody who is in support of Young Dolph and his legacy and continuing it.  I appreciate all of you guys, my family does, my children (do) and I just want to encourage y’all, like real talk, be more kind, give more, have a heart for the people because when we change our heart and the conditions of our heart we can stop a lot of violence, we can stop a lot of senseless killing, we can just allow people to have life and more life abundantly with their families.

“Because that’s something that I will not have the opportunity to be able to partake in but each and every one of you do. 

“And so I just want to challenge each and every one of you to try to make a small difference. 

“Tap into that spirit of Dolph so that we can have a better community and a better environment for our children to live in.

“Thank you!”

— Reported by Kelvin Cowans


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