Melba Moore Plaza was revealed in Newark and intentionally located where Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard meets Mercer Street, just steps away from her alma mater, Arts High School. While Moore was born in Harlem, New York, her family relocated to Newark when she was nine years old and the family remained in the area. She attended school in the historic New Jersey town, raised a child, earned many accolades, and built personal connections with her community and its members. Ms. Moore still resides in the city and is revered throughout.
Melba Moore is an iconic R&B and Soul recording artist, with a four-octave range and well-known hits like “I Am His Lady” (1975), “Love’s Comin’ at Ya” (1982), and “This Is It” (1993). Her other projects include I Got Love (aka Living to Give, 1970), Look What You’re Doing to the Man (1971), Melba Moore Live! (1972), Peach Melba (1975), This Is It (1976), Melba (1976), A Portrait of Melba (1977), What a Woman Needs (1981), The Other Side of the Rainbow (1982), and Never Say Never (1983), Read My Lips (1985), A Lot of Love (1986), I’m in Love (1988), and several others.
Having starred in notable productions like Hair, Purlie, Les Misérables, and her self-titled show, Melba, Moore is multifaceted and arguably one of the best vocalists to come out of Newark. In 1970, she even won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role as Lutiebelle in Purlie. Just last month, August 10, 2023, Moore received a well-deserved Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her long-lasting contributions to the entertainment industry.
At the unveiling ceremony, there were a few words from Moore’s talent management agency, Double XXposure Media, Newark Councilwoman Louise Scott Rountree, and Moore’s protege, Ray Chew. Also in attendance were the renowned DJ, D-Nice, Councilmen C. Lawrence Crump and Patrick O. Council, and Newark Mayor, Ras J. Baraka. Finally, there was a written statement from New Jersey Governor, Phillip D. Murphy.
Friends, Family, Colleagues, and the community describe Moore as a wonderful neighbor who is active in the community through her local activism, charity, and patronage. They compare her voice to a siren and say she is not shy to share her soulful sound with loved ones at church, gatherings, and local functions.
Melba Moore is still recording hits, with her latest album, “Imagine”, out on all popular streaming platforms and available for purchase in physical form at select online retailers. For details, future events, or all other happenings, visit melbamoore.com or @melba1moore on Instagram.