LeRoy McCarthy, the activist also behind street sign honors for The Notorious B.I.G. and Phife Dawg, reached out to Philadelphia City Council members to make the street honoring happen for The Roots.
The Roots are being honored with their own street in Philadelphia.
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On Friday morning, Philadelphia City Council legislator Mark Squilla introduced the resolution for Avenue of the Roots. Councilmembers Kenyatta Johnson, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, and Cindy Bass also co-sponsored the resolution. The resolution will honor The Roots with a street sign in Philly, which will be located at East Passyunk Avenue & South Street.
Once it is voted on and subsequently passed by Philadelphia City Council members on February 27, 2020, a dedication for the honor is slated to take place during the last week of May 2020, coinciding with this year’s Roots Picnic on May 30.
The street honoring came about through LeRoy McCarthy, an activist who has also been behind street sign honoring The Notorious B.I.G., Phife Dawg, and Tupac.
“I am happy that Avenue of the Roots is getting done, happy for hip-hop, happy for Philly and beyond. Plus, this is Black History Month in the making,” McCarthy said in an e-mail statement. “Congrats to The Roots and Team Roots for putting in the work over the years. This honor is well deserved.”
“It took hard work to get this done, and the overall efforts for hip-hop recognition, but this is bigger than me — doing it for the culture, and hip-hop don’t stop,” he added. “I’m looking forward to the street dedication in May 2020.”
Questlove took to Instagram to celebrate the honoring, sharing the following post.
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On Sunday he wrote another Instagram post, writing “really awesome to see the place we honed our skills and craft embrace us like this.”
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Welp this is very Philly: technically we were supposed to wait for the vote and then like in May come Picnic Time we’d have an unveiling w confetti & kool aid lol but cats was like “NOAP!!! WE FINNA PUT THIS JAWN UP NOW!!!!!”—-“ really awesome to see the place we honed our skills and craft embrace us like this. #Repost @whyy ・・・ Philadelphia government may never have gotten anything done this quickly before… . A stretch of East Passyunk just below South Street is being dedicated as “Avenue of The Roots” in honor of the famed Philadelphia hip hop group. A resolution to add the honorific was introduced Thursday in City Council by Councilmember Mark Squilla — and by Friday morning, the little red street sign was already installed. . . ✏️ @phillydesign 📸 @imagicdigital . . . #whyilovephilly #philly #philadelphia #phillyevents #visitphilly #discoverphl #phillypulse #peopledelphia #ourphilly #billypenngram #theroots #therootspicnic #phillymusic #phillyhistory #phillyblackpride