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PAVING THE WAY FOR ATLANTA'S BLACK MUSIC WALK OF FAME

Gathering to announce the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in Atlanta are, from left, Black American Music Association co-founder Demmette Guidry, Sean Garrett, artist D.L. Warfield, BAM co-founder Michael T. Mauldin, Georgia Entertainment Caucus founder Catherine Brewton, Atlanta City Council member Antonio Brown, Georgia Entertainment Caucus founder State Rep. Erica Thomas, Georgia House of Representatives member Whip William Boddie, Dallas Austin, V103 DJ Greg Street and Spotify’s Head of Artist & Talent Relations, Chaka Zulu.

The Black American Music Association and the Georgia Entertainment Caucus have unveiled the formation of the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in Atlanta.

The Walk of Fame will be located in the historic downtown area on the sidewalks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Northside Drive.

Groundbreaking is slated for late December, weather permitting, with an official inaugural celebration scheduled for January over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

Dallas Austin, Sean Garrett, Spotify’s Chaka Zulu and Atlanta City Council member Antonio Brown were among the dignitaries who joined BAM founders Michael T Mauldin and Demmette Guidry and GEC founders Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas and Catherine Brewton at the announcement.

“The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame will be a permanent monument to achievement in black excellence,” Guidry said. “We are designing the Walk of Fame in hopes that it will become a popular tourist destination, illuminating our rich cultural heritage.”

In collaboration with sculptor and historian Ed Dwight, D.L. Warfield is creating the official WOF emblem that will be embedded in the sidewalk. 

Also noteworthy, early voting is open for another week in Georgia, where several political dogfights are in store.

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