Fine Arts Walk of Fame

Fine Arts Walk of Fame

In recognition of the role the Fine Arts play in society, the Fine Arts Walk of Fame will begin a series of ways for the Division of Fine Arts to officially recognize and remember those alumni who have made outstanding contributions in their field. The Fine Arts Walk of Fame is a special award which recognizes an individual for their talents and contributions to the Fine Arts.

Embedded in a beautiful tile mold, a Star with an outstanding alumnus name will live on in bold bronze letters along with a circle showing what area of the Fine Arts they were honored -- Art, Music or Theatre. The star, patterned after the Akan Adinkra symbol Nsoroma (Ghana), represents a person of exemplary character with eminent personal attributes. Adinkra is an Akan word. Akan is the language of the Akan people, who comprise about one-half of the population of Ghana. Adinkra literally means saying good-bye (farewell) to the dead. Adinkra implies a philosophical message that one conveys when mourning during a funeral or the post-burial memorial.

NSOROMA (n-soar-row-mah): A star

LITERALLY: A CHILD OF THE HEAVENS, STAR - Symbol of faith and the belief in patronage and dependency on a supreme being.

NSOROMA (star) symbolizes a person of exemplary character. It could represent a person who is a leader, a star of a home, school, or institution. Such persons usually have outstanding characters and personal attributes.

Nsoroma also represents faith. Faith implies the idea of hope. To have faith, a person must hope for something and then believe in it. That connection is the essence of what faith is. As the Bible states, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrew 11.1)

Willis, W. Bruce. The Adinkra Dictionary.

The Fine Arts Walk of Fame is based off of the tradition of immortalizing Hollywood's stars in the sidewalk outside of Mann's Chinese Theatre however, each star is a commemoration of the life and achievements of an extraordinary man or woman who is an alumni of Howard University in the Fine Arts. This project has been conceived not only as a way of commemorating Howard University Alumnus many contributions to art, music and entertainment, but also as a way of adding some further enrichment to the countrys most recognized historically black institution. Thus, the Walk of Fame will pay simultaneous tribute to men and women of distinction, to a great Washington, DC metropolitan community and to the University which birthed these great individuals.

Howard University has an outstanding reputation for providing a valuable education and rewarding cultural experience to all that attend. The University has consistently produced artists of national and international recognition and can take proper credit for the education and development of several African-Americans in the Fine Arts. The Fine Arts Walk of Fame will recognize those individuals whose talents were nurtured at the University with this unique and special honor. Honored will be those who have utilized their talents and represented Howard and African-Americans with extreme dignity and pride.

ROXIE ROKER - The first Honoree

On Thursday, October 26, 2000, the first Adnikra Star to be unveiled was that of ROXIE ROKER. To accept on behalf of Mrs. Roker was her father, Albert Roker.

Mrs. Roxie Roker, Class of 1952, Theatre, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University in 1952. While at Howard she was a very active member in the Howard Players and was featured in several productions. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Mrs. Roker appeared in several off-Broadway productions in the 1960s. She became a full-time actress when she appeared in Ododo and Rosalee Pritchard with the Negro Ensemble Company. Mrs. Roker is the recipient of an Obie Award and a 1974 Tony Award nominee for her portrayal of Mattie Williams in Joseph Walkers The River Niger. She is best known for her portrayal of Helen Willis on the 1970s sitcom The Jeffersons. After The Jeffersons ended, she toured with Marly Martin and Carol Channing in Legends. As a community activist, she received citations from the Los Angeles City Council for her service as a board member of the Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Roker passed away on December 2, 1995 at the age of 66 and is survived by her son, Lenny Kravitz.

Sponsorship

The Fine Arts Walk of Fame project is made possible through a grant funded by the Howard University Sponsored Faculty Research Program in the Performing, Visual, and Media Arts.  For additional information or to make a contribution to the Fine Arts Walk of Fame, please contact Dominique Douglas Hendricks at (202) 806-7050 or dominique.douglas1@howard.edu.