When it came to the award for “Best Celebrity Mojo” at an event, hands down it should go to the Amistad Center for Art & Culture where Motown icon Martha Reeves was the guest at its annual gala, called of course, “Dancing in the Streets.”
And Ms. Reeves, best known as the front woman for the ‘60s and ‘70s group “Martha and the Vandellas” was a pleasure to behold. On an elevator ride up she emphasized that Motown and its founder Berry Gordy Jr. made sure its star stable had talent and commitment.
And there were her memories.
“In 1964 we were playing in Montgomery, Alabama with fellow Motown star, Smokey Robinson. The audience section was segregated into a white section and a black section,” she recalled about the volatile racial tension in the South as Martha & The Vandellas, and Robinson performed. “By the time our performance was done, both sides of the audience had crossed those barriers and they were dancing together.”
For more gala pictures go here.
(Okay, I was so excited to meet her that I forgot how much my feet were now killing me. But as I prepare for gala number four, all I can think about is the end of the night and getting these darn shoes off and my Ugg slippers on !)