Atlanta to honor actor Louis Gossett Jr.

The city of Atlanta is honoring Louis Gossett Jr. for his contributions to the entertainment industry and his body of work in theater, film and television during the past six decades, according to a press release. The Atlanta City Council will make a proclamation declaring Oct. 1 “Louis Gossett Jr. Day” and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’s office will present Gossett with the Phoenix Award, the highest honor the Mayor can bestow on a civilian.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta.

Attendees include former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Olympian Edwin Moses and Olympian Bob Beamon.

Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected and beloved actors on stage, screen and television and is also an accomplished writer, producer and director. Off-screen he is a social activist, educator and author dedicated to enriching the lives of others. Gossett was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for “An Officer and a Gentleman.” He also won an Emmy for his portrayal of Fiddler in the groundbreaking ABC series “Roots.” He has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and one Academy Award.