In celebration of Black Music Month, and in recognition of the 90th anniversary of the historic Uptown, the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC) will present its 2019 Uptown Hall of Fame Awards, taking place on the 2200 block of North Broad Street on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3.pm.
“We’re going to have health information, and a flea market that’s going to be a fundraiser for the Uptown Theater, and the street between Susquehanna Avenue and Dauphin on Broad will be closed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,” said Linda Richardson, president of the development corporation.
The awards presentation, hosted by journalist and publisher Heshimu Jaramoji, will take place 1-2:30 p.m. and will feature honorees:
Legacy Award: Alfie Pollitt, writer, teacher, bandleader for Teddy Pendergrass
Continuity Award: DJ Mimi Brown, WDAS radio personality
Nurture Award: The Rawstein Family, young family of four who perform hip hop and community service.
Corbitt Banks Volunteer Award: Jean Hackney, vice president, Grands As Parents
WJYN Radio Bob Davis Soul Patrol Award: Moor Ali El aka Mark Einsley, who was volunteer Program Director for WJYN at its launch
The festivities will include music by the Comfort Band from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It’s a band from the Maryland-D.C. area. The lead singer is from Philly, and it’s an R&B band. We’re really delighted to have them featured as the entertainment for the day,” Richardson said.
The public will also have an opportunity step inside the legendary theater, providing some with a bit of nostalgia, and others with a look at Philadelphia’s amazing cultural history.
“We’re doing tours of the Uptown at noon and 2 p.m., and this will be the last public tours before we start construction this Fall,” Richardson said. “We want everybody to come out.”