RICHMOND, Va. — The Metropolis of Richmond is planning a three-day celebration to commemorate the renaming of the Boulevard to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.
Starting Thursday, June 20, town will maintain a number of family-friendly occasions from bowling and films on the park, culminating with an official signal unveiling on Saturday, June 22.
Ashe, a Richmond native, was as soon as barred from enjoying tennis on the courts of Byrd Park as a toddler as a result of he was African American. He went on to be the primary and solely black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open.
Now, Arthur Ashe Boulevard will span the size of the present Boulevard from Brookland Parkway and Westwood Avenue to these tennis courts at Byrd Park.
“Arthur Ashe is one in all Richmond’s true champions,” mentioned Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “Not solely on the court docket, as one of many world’s best tennis gamers, however off the court docket, as a champion for equality and social justice. He’s greater than worthy of this honor.”
The week of occasions to have a good time Ashe are all free and open to the general public and designed to re-introduce Ashe’s inspiring life story.
The complete schedule of neighborhood occasions:
Arthur Ashe Boulevard Social Justice Discussion board, Thursday, June 20, 7-9 p.m., Virginia Museum of High-quality Arts – Find out about social justice and learn the way it was a part of Arthur Ashe’s legacy.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard Tennis Below the Lights Occasion & Films on the Park, Friday, June 21, 6-9 p.m., Byrd Park – Be part of native tennis organizations in celebration of Ashe’s sport; stick round for a night of flicks and different festivities.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard Kick-off Celebration & Bowling Get together, Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. to midnight, River Metropolis Roll – Get pleasure from children and household bowling night time (7-9 p.m.) in addition to stay music (9 p.m. to midnight) at this Scott’s Addition bowling alley alongside Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Donations steered.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard Unveiling Ceremony & Exhibition Opening, Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virginia Museum of Historical past & Tradition – Be part of us as we make historical past with the Metropolis of Richmond; metropolis, state, and nationwide dignitaries will formally unveil the re-named Boulevard.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard Group Celebration, Saturday, June 22, 1-5 p.m., Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Heart – Have a good time with the neighborhood and take part in sponsored tennis clinics for youths and adults.
Arthur Ashe Boulevard After-Get together, Saturday, June 22, Eight-11 p.m., The Graduate Richmond: the official Arthur Ashe Boulevard Celebration host – Cap off three days of pleasure round Arthur Ashe and the Metropolis of Richmond.
Along with state and native elected leaders and members of Ashe’s household, Civil rights chief and U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, (D-Georgia) will probably be in attendance.
The congressman will ship the keynote tackle.
“That is a particularly transferring time for my household, however I feel it’s additionally an incredible success for Richmond as a progressive metropolis,” mentioned David Harris, nephew of the late Arthur Ashe and a key supporter within the Boulevard’s re-naming. “Not solely will everybody be coming collectively to have a good time our native, world-renowned tennis legend, however we’re additionally placing a stake within the floor for Arthur Ashe’s legacy of social justice, which is nice for all of us.”