April 25, 1917 is a special day in the hearts of residents in Newport News. That is when the late Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, she would have turned 100 years old. In her honor, the City of Newport News has
been celebrating “100 Years of Ella” since the unveiling of the “NN hearts Ella” letters during HollyDazzle last December.
The legendary songstress, aptly called “the First Lady of Song” is being celebrated at City Hall Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. with a ceremony set to include remarks from Mayor Price, light refreshments, and an unveiling of a scale-sized model the new mural the city had made in honor of her. The mural was designed and will be unveiled by Asa Jackson, artist and director of the 670 Gallery in Hampton.
Ella has been an inspiration to this community for many, many years. She and her music are timeless – enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. Her songs were, and still are, her messages to the rest of the world … messages of hope, love, inspiration and challenges. She believed in pursuing her dreams. Ella expressed it best when she said, "Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."