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Ruth E. Carter receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

HBCU Graduates are in so many influential positions that we may not deem as important. A lot of these positions are responsible for bringing us some very memorable moments and it is an amazing sight to see when they receive proper recognition for their work. 

Beloved costume designer and Hampton University Alumna Ruth E. Carter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February for her amazing work as a Hollywood costume designer for a little over 3 decades. She has provided the costumes for some of the most classic films we have all come to love including Love and Basketball, Do The Right Thing, and Black Panther. 

Carter majored in Theatre Arts at Hampton, graduating from the university in 1982. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986, where she met the one and only Spike Lee while she was working for the Los Angeles Theatre Center. From there she began to have imperative roles in creating memorable moments and characters through costume. Most of her work was in black cinema, making the costumes for films that are staples in the black community. Although she has received her star on the Walk of Fame, she has still continued her work, most recently designing the costumes for the sequel to Coming to America. 

President of Hampton University, Dr. William R. Harvey, was thrilled for Carter’s recognition. According to Hampton University, Harvey had this to say about Carter receiving this honor, “Many congratulations to Ruth Carter on this outstanding recognition. We could not be more proud of her accomplishments and success. Hampton University is honored to be part of Ruth’s journey. Her star continues to be the brightest in Hollywood.”