Music legend Little Joe was honored by his hometown of Temple, Texas with a special day of recognition and a music festival on July 21.
The city named a street for the five-time Grammy winner last summer, dedicating Sixth Street as Little Joe Hernandez Drive.
“This to me means more than a personal recognition. It also speaks to the fact that Temple has made progress on race relations,” Hernandez said last summer after the street dedication. “As a kid, I went through the segregation period, so I never dreamed anything like this could happen. I’m just totally honored and humbled by such an incredible recognition.”
On Saturday, he was recognized for his legendary career spanning over half a century with live music and a proclamation from the city.
“We should always remember who we are, where we come from and never forget those people whose shoulders we stood on to get to where we’re at,” Little Joe told the crowd on Saturday. “To all the times and things that I’ve gone through to be the person I am grateful to Temple for being my hometown and all the experiences I had as a kid here makes Little Joe who I am.”
The music festival was coordinated by Tejano Hall of Fame radio personality Roney Castor of Ritmo Tejano on 98.5 KRXT in Rockdale. He prepared for 8,000 to 10,000 people to attend the event, that featured performances from Little Joe y La Familia, Michael Salgado, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, Roberto Pulido, Kingz 1, Christina Y Los Latinos, the 80H Project and Neal Sharpe.
PHOTO GALLERY: Little Joe Day of Recognition