6 april 1968 & james brown flies into dc to speak out against uprising
#OTD Saturday 6 April 1968 James Brown flew to DC to speak directly to Washingtonians who were part of the uprising. His appearance was at the request of Mayor-Commissioner Walter Washington, who saw how Brown had spoken to audience members at his Boston concert the previous night and dispatched his staff to "Find James Brown...he can get through to these people."
According to Pittsburgh Courier journalist Ethel L. Payne, "Shortly after 1pm, the famed rock and roll singer stepped from his private plane at the Washington airport." He was taken "directly to command post headquarters set up on the sixth floor of the Municipal Building (300 Indiana Ave NW) to speak live on WTTG TV. " He was later interviewed on WOL radio. Perhaps by Petey Greene or Bob Nighthawk Terry, who both used their platform as djs to attempt to end the uprising.
Researched and written by Bryan Greene.
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Photo source: Courtesy of Heinrich Klaff and Creative Commons. Accessed on Wikipedia. James Brown performing in Hamburg, West Germany, February 1973. Photographer unknown.
Ethel L. Payne, "James Brown Answers Emergency Call in DC," Pittsburgh Courier 13 April 1968.
Richard Prince, "April 4, 1968, as Told by Black Reporters," Journal-isms & The Root 4 April 2018.
James Brown, I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul 2005.
"Municipal Center," Historic Landmark Nomination