International Civil Rights Walk of Fame

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The promenade as seen in 2012

The International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, which honors some of the activists involved in the Civil Rights Movement and others involved in civil rights activities, was created in 2004 and is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. It consists of a promenade that showcases the footstep impressions of those honored, marked in granite and bronze. According to the National Park Service, which runs the historic site, the Walk of Fame was created "to give recognition to those courageous soldiers of justice who sacrificed and struggled to make equality a reality for all." Another motivation was to enhance the historic value of the area, enrich its cultural heritage, and make the site a better tourist attraction.

The Walk of Fame is the brainchild of Xernona Clayton, founder and executive producer of the Trumpet Awards. She is a civil rights figure in her own right. Clayton said, "This is a lasting memorial to those whose contributions were testaments to the fact that human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. This historic site will serve as a symbol of pride and a beacon of hope for all future generations. We 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."[citation needed] In the National Historic Site location the Walk of Fame gets around 800,000 visitors a year.[1]

Beginning in 2012, inductions will be held every two years.[2]

In 2019 it was announced that the Walk of Fame would be partially relocating to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Poole, Shelia M. (May 10, 2019). "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame will have new home". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  2. ^ "International Civil Rights Walk of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees". The Birmingham Times. December 19, 2013.

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Coordinates: 33°45′25″N 84°22′24″W / 33.75694°N 84.37333°W / 33.75694; -84.37333