Frequently Asked Questions



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Q: What is the Walk to Fame?

A: The Walk to Fame will honor notable persons of distinction. It will consist of high-tech internet information such as a mobile phone app with “augmented reality” along with the history of each honoree and a five-pointed star marker physically mounted and embedded in cement or attached to a building with the name of the honoree as a monument to the person’s achievements in various fields.

Q: What is its purpose?

A: Its purpose is to celebrate Detroit culture, entertainment and history. The Walk to Fame project will stand as a historic-cultural monument, encourage city redevelopment, inspire local talent, and serve as an international tourist destination for South Eastern Michigan and the United States. Several projects are ancillary derived from the Walk to Fame project such as: Tour De’troit (cycling event), Marathon to Fame (runners), and Cruise to DeFame (Auto/Music) being launched in 2013 and 2014.

Q: How did it start?

A. The idea in 2009 was launched by Chairman of Detroit Entertainment Commission, Gregory J. Reed, who conceptualized the Commission through the efforts of the Honorable Kwame Kenyatta and approved by City Council. Reed contacted Billy Wilson, President of the Motown Alumni Association in 2006 to assist with a similar concept. Reed appointed a Walk to Fame Committee to flesh out the idea and the architectural firm of Shull and Scott was consulted to develop some specific proposals. Once a proposal was agreed upon, the concept proceeded to the newly-formed Entertainment Commission to secure the approval of the City Council for further action in the formation. These plans were crystalized and submitted to the Detroit City Council in 2009. The Council embraced the idea. Thereafter, Compuware became involved with various meetings with Chairman Reed via of introduction from Commissioner Chuck Bennett and thereafter the Detroit Historical Museum was consulted.

Q: When did it start?

A: The concept started in 2003 and thereafter formulated in 2009 with Donald Davis, CEO for First Independent Bank of Detroit, O’Neil Swanson of Swanson Group and Architect, Ray Shull who came together to head up the project under its corporation and thereafter, Abe Kadushin and his team moved forward with the project.

Q: Did the City of Detroit Council approve the Walk to Fame?

A: The Detroit Entertainment Commission proposed the Detroit Walk to Fame to the City of Detroit Council in 2009, and the resolution was passed.

Q: Who are the participants/supporters?

A: Compuware, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles Wright Museum, Don Davis, O’Neil Swanson, Abe Kadushin, Real Times Media, Music Hall, Carl Craig among others.

Q: Who are the prospective participants?

A: Chrysler, GM, Ford Motor Company, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Quicken Loans, Detroit Music Hall, Detroit Opera House among others.

Q: Does the organization have rules and guidelines?

A: Yes. Rules and guidelines are currently being updated and created in accordance with the corporation’s bylaws.

Q: How does one become an Honoree?

A: Nominations are submitted to the Motown Walk to Fame Organization and the Entertainment Advisory Commission of the Walk to Fame Committee. Together, they consider the nominations at an annual meeting.

When nominating an individual or group, the sponsor must submit:
1. A photo;
2. Biography;
3. The nominee’s qualifications;
4. A list of achievements and contributions to the community and civic-oriented participation; and
5. A letter of agreement from the nominee or his/her management must be included with the application.

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