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The UniverSoul Circus Is For The People: A Brief History Of The Black Circus

“We get to share our culture with everyone and each member of the audience leaves with a message: that everyone belongs. The UniverSoul Circus is for the people…it’s their show.” – Cedric Walker, Founder and CEO

The Universoul Circus is known as the coolest show on earth! Millions of people from all over the world have enjoyed thousands of shows over the years and the fun continues.

Cedric Walker is the founder and CEO of The UniverSoul Circus. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Walker’s entrepreneurial spirit and love for the circus started at a young age. Growing up, Walker took on jobs like shining shoes and selling popsicles on hot summer days to make money.

When Walker moved with his uncle from Baltimore to Tuskegee, Alabama in the 1970s, he was instantly sucked in by the nightlife his uncle lived as a nightclub owner. Cedric started off as the production and stage manager for the group, The Commodores, and toured with them around the world. He later worked as a promoter for The Jackson 5.

In the 1980s Walker organized the Fresh Festivals, which was the world’s first rap music tour featuring Run DMC, Salt N Pepa, The Fat Boys, and many more. Traveling on the road was fun, but the memories of the circus kept flooding his mind. In the 1990s, Walker began to look at more universal forms of family entertainment.

“The vision was to explore the various talents other than singing and dancing that black performers had to offer,” he said in a promotional video for the circus. “We wanted to apply our gathered years of experience in the live appearance industry, to make a difference, to change the industry we lived in, creating growth and opportunity.” This was the birth of The UniverSoul Circus…

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