The gospel legend is now taking his name to other heights at Virginia Union University, where he’s been officially gifted with the new Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music, www.blackamericaweb.com reported.
The news was announced in a public statement by VUU, according to the article, which states that the academic center will reportedly be the “first of its kind” in the country, offering both education and resources that will assist up and coming musicians who want to get into gospel music professionally with tools and resources. All VUU students can apply, several industry-related certification courses for the general public will be available, too.
“The primary purpose is for the Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at Virginia Union University is for all components of gospel music to work cohesively to blend our vast areas of ability and excellence in the knowledge of the arts. Students will learn through the study of sacred arts and how it relates to African heritage; explore music and worship traditions that promote understanding of biblical texts in faith building; and, participate several planned live recordings to be produced under the direction of Walker and VUU Choir director and award-winning gospel producer, Elder J. David Bratton.”
The Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music opened this month.