The Roots Get a Philadelphia Street Named After them
The Roots, a hip-hop band from Philadelphia, have been etched in Philadelphia history by getting a street renamed after them. The other day a section of a road was renamed as “Avenue of The Roots”.
The original name of the street was called "East Passyunk" below South Street of Philadelphia. The frontrunner of The Roots, Questlove, took to Instagram and explained how it came to be. “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," he said.
To get a street named after you or even have a calendar date reserved n your honor is a big deal. And while many have moved to other places in the United States, they cease to forget where they originated. The Roots always come back to Philly to do numerous shows throughout the year. Not to mention they will also have their annual Roots Picnic in Philly this upcoming May.
Questlove also thanks the City of Philadelphia in his social media post by saying, “really awesome to see the place we honed our skills and craft embrace us like this”.
According to Consequence of Sound, the official ceremony for The Roots street name is scheduled in May, the same month as their Roots Picnic.