James Brown helped blacks find identity at crucial time

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During the era of racial tension in America, there were many activists who marched, protested and died uttering the phrase "Justice for all." Even after the Supreme Court reviewed the Constitution, it became obvious that justice is for all. But there was something lacking in America: cohesiveness.

The black American man was still somewhat in disarray. All he could do was reflect on the past, endure the present and somehow hope that a social change would prevail among his people and make a difference.

Then one day it happened. A young, talented black man - starved for the pursuit of happiness and thirsty for opportunity - arose and brought the message that everyone has the unalienable right to prosper in America.

Through it all, this man opened America's eyes that every black man who is born in America has the right to be treated first as a man, and secondly as a citizen according to the Bill of Rights. He has the right to fulfill his dreams, walk, live, get an education and secure all opportunities set before him.

Our children will not remember what this young black man accomplished outside of the music industry during his life, but history will always maintain the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business brought closure to the true black man's identity and helped him say, "I'm black and I'm proud."

Thank you, Dr. James Brown.

Rose Walker, Augusta

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mgroothand 01/07/07 - 11:20 am
Eulogies, in whatever form,

Eulogies, in whatever form, would be much more appreciated by the deceased while he/she were still alive. In other words, knowing that people think highly of you while you're still alive is very satisfying and could conceivably extend your lifespan some. From what I remember James Brown was not appreciated much here in Augusta while he was alive, he could not even fill an auditorium for his show. Now that he is deceased comes this tremendous outpouring of love and respect for him. He has even been hailed a civil rights activist. Remember him any way you want to, but let's not embellish on his persona. If in life he was that great, he won't need it now.

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