Yesterday, we kicked-off the 13th Annual A3C Festival Festival and Conference with the second edition of our Welcome reception! Honring Angela Rye and Coach K, the event was hosted by A3C's Partnership Director Royce Bable and Choose ATL's Kate Atwood.
Featuring a private guest list inclusive of Major Kasim Reed, the night's special guests we’re honored with the Social Impact Award and the Cultural Icon Award respectively. Angela, who received the Social Impact Award, is an outspoken activist who lends her voice of hope and change to top media outlets such as CNN pushing the message of equal rights. In true Angela Rye fashion, she left the hip-hop community with a call to action to further pursue ownership of the culture.
Instagram's own Fadia Kader delivered a beautiful speech on Coach K and shared some personal stories illuminating his long history of supporting the Atlanta’s indie hip-hop scene. Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Keisha Lance-Bottoms were in attendance to give a warm welcome and show their support for the event that has thrived in ATL for over a decade. The night was capped off with a special moment, when FRKO and Eastside Chris took to the stage to present Grip Plyaz mother with a custom piece of art and let her know how much her son meant to Atlanta
"There is no better way to start the 13th annual A3C Festival & Conference. Gathering friends, activists and entrepreneurs to honor and acknowledge some people we really respect and admire. It was a special night and we look forward to a great week!" - Mike Walbert