David Ruffin to be honored Saturday

David Ruffin (Source: Wikipedia)

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The city of Meridian is hosting a major celebration for its own David Ruffin, legendary lead singer of The Temptations.

A sign marking David Ruffin Boulevard will be unveiled, a parade will feature the famous Jackson State University Sonic Boom Marching Band, and Ruffin will receive a star on The MAX's Walk of Fame.

Ruffin's voice is the one you remember from hits like "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg".

Marketing director for The MAX, Jerome Trahan, says the museum has been planning this for weeks.

"It wasn't just, 'let's install the star and have an event'. We want to make sure we know all the details about him and tell his story," Trahan said.

The unveiling will be followed by a street parade led by the famous “Sonic Boom of the South”. Jackson State University's marching band will travel to the corner of 8th Street and 24th Avenue where David Ruffin Boulevard will be unveiled by the city of Meridian at 12 noon.

“We are proud to honor this music legend with a street being named after one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, and we want to invite family and friends to Meridian for a day of celebrating his career,” said Mayor Percy Bland at the time the celebration was announced.

Schedule of events:
11:00 a.m. Star Unveiling at The MAX, 2155 Front Street
11:30 a.m. Parade from The MAX to the Temple Theatre
12 noon Street unveiling - Temple Theatre, corner of 8th Street & 24th
1:00 p.m. Celebration begins at Temple Theatre