Known as the “Godfather of Gospel Music,” Rev. Timothy Wright has impacted the world with his music and ministry. A decade after succumbing to severe injuries from a head on collision with a drunk driver that claimed the life of his wife and grandson, his legacy is being honored in a way that will last for generations; just like his music. It will be honored with the unveiling of Rev. Timothy Wright Way.
Monday, on the corner of Pacific Street & Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, the city of Brooklyn joined Rev. Wright’s sons and family, members of his church Grace Tabernacle, members of his NY Fellowship Mass Choir, community members, political leaders, and others who cherished him and his music, for a street renaming ceremony. At the end of the block of the church he founded, everyone gathered, shared stories and sang, before his son, Pastor David Wright, helped pull the cord revealing the sign with his father’s name on it. The energy in the air was palpable. It was a celebration, but that was also a clear moment of heaviness where he, his wife – Pastor Betty, and his grandson – Danny Jr. were just clearly missed. I missed him too, and quickly returned to singing and celebrating through my tears. Then I hugged Pastor David and returned to the DMV.
Going to the street renaming ceremony gave me an opportunity to remember so many great moments with Rev. Wright. I had so many meaningful conversations with him about music, business, and scripture. I was even fortunate enough to have some exclusive interviews with him, interviews that now are priceless. Some of those very experiences and interviews I put together to share with you in my podcast; The Denise Hill Experience. Enjoy hearing some great stories as told by Rev. Wright himself. Then be inspired by his testimony and tenacity as he shares just months after his accident. Congratulations Rev. Timothy Wright on the preservation of your legacy with a street named after you in your beloved Brooklyn. We continue to celebrate your legacy and remain blessed by your music.