Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 3, 2005
The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, located at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Historic Site, inducted eleven new esteemed civil rights leaders whose footprints were embedded in granite and placed into sidewalk for the entire world to see. Included in this historic tribute were Henry Aaron, Ted Turner, Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Dick Gregory, Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., Ralph E. McGill, The Reverend Fred L. Shuttlesworth, Judge Elbert P. Tuttle, Sr., Nancy Wilson, and The Reverend Addie L. Wyatt.
Hundreds of visitors, guests, media, corporate sponsors and family members of the honorees turned out, on August 26th, to experience the occasion and to capture the spirit of the honorees by standing in their footsteps. Wiping tears from her eyes, Mrs. Maynard Jackson [who represented the late Mayor Maynard Jackson] said, ÂI can feel MaynardÂs spirit here and his family members and I are grateful for this tribute.Â Henry Aaron said, ÂI am honored; and by honoring me, you have honored Satchal Paige, Jackie Robinson, and other baseball heroes whose footprints I have stood in.Â Nancy Wilson said, ÂThis award means more to me than anything else I have ever received.Â
Fred Shuttlesworth, Jr. represented his father, the Reverend Fred L Shuttlesworth; the late Judge Elbert T. Tuttle was represented by his son, Dr. Elbert P. Tuttle, Jr. and Dr. Mary Lynn Morgan, widow of the late Ralph McGill, represented her husband at the induction ceremony. The Ceremonial Host for the event was Frank Ski with WVEE FM (V103) Radio.
The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame was created to pay homage to the brave warriors of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all. The Walk of Fame is an enhancement to historic value of this area of Atlanta Â it enriches our cultural heritage and augments tourism.
This permanent tribute was initiated in 2004 with footprints of civil rights icons such as Juanita J. Abernathy; Ralph David Abernathy, Sr.; Ivan Allen, Jr.; Julian Bond; Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States; Medgar Evers; Dorothy Height; Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.; Frank M. Johnson; Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th President of the United States; John Lewis; Evelyn G. Lowery; Joseph E. Lowery; Thurgood Marshall; Rosa Parks; Hosea Williams; and Andrew Young.
The ÂWalk of FameÂ is the brain child of Xernona Clayton, founder and executive producer of the renowned Trumpet Awards and a civil rights icon in her own right. Ms. Clayton said, ÂThis is a lasting memorial to those whose contributions were testaments to the fact that human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. This year, another group of foot soldiers who waged the fight for equality and human dignity have been added to the Civil Rights Walk of Fame; and this historic site will serve as a symbol of pride and a beacon of hope for all future generations.Â
Each year more foot soldiers will be added to the Walk of Fame. There are more than five hundred additional spaces designated for future placements of worthy footsteps. ÂWe are looking forward to building a monument to the civil struggle that depicts every step taken toward the goal of justice and the tireless exertions and passionate concern of these dedicated individuals,Â said Ms. Clayton.