…sparked a fire in my five-year-old spirit and unleashed a sense of cultural pride that made me proud to rock my afros and braids and raise my little fist in the air and shout, “Ungawa!!!” (even though I had no clue about exactly what it meant). He didn’t just create music, he helped spur on an entire movement, giving black folks the ultimate mantra of self-worth.
Seems like all the giants of my youth are dying off, but the legacies they leave behind have made us the people we are today. The Godfather of Soul inspired us all.
America wouldn’t have been America without James Brown.