On Thursday, October 22nd the Black American Music Association (BAM) and Georgia Entertainment Caucus (GEC) shared the exciting news that there is a Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame (WOF) in formation! Also, sculptor and historian Ed Dwight and renowned artist, D.L. Warfield will be collaborating to create the official WOF emblem which will be embedded in the sidewalk to represent each inductee. The WOF in Atlanta’s historic downtown on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Northside Drive, 1 AMB Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30313.
The occasion was hosted by Mercedes Benz Stadium and commemorated with remarks made by BAM founders, Michael T. Mauldin and Demmette Guidry and GEC founders, Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas and Catherine Brewton.
“Black American Music, as an art form, is the driver of Black culture, which drives popular culture worldwide. So, it is fitting that we honor those who are the ‘bedrock’ of culture,” stated Guidry. The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame will be a permanent monument to achievement in Black excellence. We are designing the Walk of Fame in hopes that it will become a popular tourist destination, illuminating our rich cultural heritage.”
“I am ecstatic to be a founding member of the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame. This initiative makes me so proud, with everything going on in the world African Americans need some positivity and hope and the Walk of Fame will bring just that,” shared Georgia State Representative, District 39, Erica Thomas. “This symbolic gesture proves that we as a community have come a long way and although we have many miles to go this effort shows an overall sense of respect for the individuals of color that helped pave the way for our entertainment professionals.”
“I’m extremely proud to be a part of this initiative to create the Black Music and Entertainment Walk of Fame,” commented Catherine Brewton. “Not only does Georgia have deep roots in black music and entertainment, but Atlanta continues to be the center of black excellence. This walk of fame will symbolize, memorialize, and celebrate many of our black creatives and entertainers who have made significant impacts both here and around the world.”
Check out the exclusive images of the event below:
Images provided by Black American Music Association