Dreaming big on Lewis Street
On a small road with big dreams, members of the Lewis Street community gathered on Saturday to unveil their “Dream Wall of Respect”, a vibrant collection of murals with powerful messages of love and hope and tributes to heroes.
Undaunted by a steady drizzle of rain, friends and well-wishers from a wide cross-section of Nassau joined the community off East Street in a musical rush through the tiny neigborhood colored with history.
The event saw the naming of “the Martin Luther King House”, the home Dr. King stayed in when he first visited Nassau in 1958 to meet with Sir Randol Fawkes, father of The Bahamas trade union movement.
Although it is not well known, King penned his famous “I Have a Dream” speech while visiting Bimini a decade later.
The Lewis Street project is the result of a partnership between Lend a Hand Bahamas and Transforming Spaces, registered non-profit organizations.
Last October, the organizations opened their newly refurbished Neville and Dora Dorsett Community Centre in the heart of the area.
It’s here that a curriculum centered on 4H programming with a focus on vocational, writing and life skills, is run.
The historically significant events of Lewis Street inspired the Transforming Spaces art tour’s 15th anniversary theme, “Sustain. I Have a Dream. I Am the Dream. We Are the Dream”.