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News-Antique.com - Oct 09,2008 - Oct. 9, 2008 -- The day Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in Memphis in 1968 rioting broke out in cities all across America. Like many other people James Brown was angry over King’s death, but the music icon understood rioting was not the solution.
“Build it, don’t burn it” was the soul singer’s anthem. He broadcast messages on the radio pleading with African-Americans to stay calm and peaceful out of respect for the fallen leader.
Some of the worse rioting was happening in Washington, D.C. Brown traveled there in person to plead with rioters.
His pleas didn’t stop the rioting but they did get people to stop and think.
“You have to know the pros and cons of where you’re going, what you’re doing, and what’s going to happen when you don’t,” he said. “Then don’t get mad, don’t get angry, get smart.”
Brown is number two behind Elvis Presley with hit records and number one in R&B hits with over 116 hits during his career. In 1986 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Brown died at age 73 from heart congestion on Christmas Day in 2006.
On July 17, Christie’s, New York, auctioned the personal collection of James Brown.
After months of legal battles, a South Carolina judge gave the ok just three days before the sale.
One of Brown’s infamous stage worn capes topped the auction. A full length, black satin cape with intricate beadwork and James Brown embroidered in the collar sold for $47,500.
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