Mayor Hodges proclaims ‘Prince Day’ in Minneapolis

Mayor Betsy Hodges signed a proclamation officially recognizing Oct. 13, 2016, as “Prince Day” in Minneapolis.

The proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, Prince was, and is, loved nowhere more than in Minneapolis — to the people of Minneapolis, he was, and is, one of us; and

WHEREAS, Prince was a child of our city, born at the old Mt. Sinai Hospital in South Minneapolis; and

WHEREAS, Prince was also a child of Minneapolis public schools, attending the old John Hay Elementary School, the former Bryant Junior High School — now the vibrant Sabathani Community Center — and graduating from the great Minneapolis Central High School in 1976; and

WHEREAS, Prince was Minneapolis’ greatest musical prodigy: he signed with Warner Brothers at age 17 and released his first album, “For You,” at age 19; and

WHEREAS, in the winter of 1979, Prince gave his first-ever concert at North Minneapolis’ Capri Theater on West Broadway, to this day one of our city’s greatest artistic jewels; and

WHEREAS, Prince — a virtuoso performer, prolific composer, and cultural icon — pioneered “The Minneapolis Sound” that changed the course of music; and

WHEREAS, Prince indelibly imprinted Minneapolis on the musical and artistic imagination of the entire world with the July 27, 1984 release of “Purple Rain,” the only film and album in history to be Number One on both charts at the same time; and

WHEREAS, Prince shared his gifts by writing songs for and lifting up other artists, including Sheila E., Morris Day and The Time, The Family, and many others, particularly women, whom he helped find a prominent space on the world stage; and

WHEREAS, Prince never left us: for more than three decades, he continued to support the Minneapolis music scene by dropping into venues like First Avenue — his musical home — the  Electric Fetus, and Bunker’s, among others, and also generously supported music and sports programs for youth in our city, most often quietly; and

WHEREAS, Prince, who was brilliantly, unapologetically different, made it safe for all of us to express our uniqueness and difference; and

WHEREAS, the immense grief that all of us in Minneapolis — most especially his beloved family — have felt since he left us far too soon is tempered by the immense joy he continues to bring people all over the world; and

WHEREAS, Prince’s enduring love of his hometown will forever be matched by our enduring love for him; 

Now, therefore, I, Betsy Hodges, mayor of the City of Minneapolis, do hereby proclaim October 13, 2016 as Prince Day in the City of Minneapolis.

Published Oct 18, 2016

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