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spacer.gif   LEGENDARY POET OSCAR BROWN, JR. PASSES AWAY
Posted by : cj on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 - 05:47 PM
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Thousands are expected to attend memorial services for legendary Chicago poet, singer, and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr. The program will be held Friday, June 24th at 12:00 P.M., at Christ Universal Temple in Chicago (11901 South Ashland Ave).

The Chicago-born artist died Memorial Day Weekend after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.

“The outpouring has been tremendous,” explains Maggie Brown, his daughter and singer, as well. “People from around the world have been reaching out, saying they would like to come together to remember my father.” Brown developed a strong following over the years – impacting millions of people worldwide. Amazingly, his works touched all generations.

He has been prestigiously called, “The High Priest of Hip,” and was recently a regular favorite on Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam. “Even though he didn’t get the full recognition he deserved from the recording industry while he was alive,” his daughter says, “His songs are so profound and timeless that now young rappers are approaching me about incorporating Oscar’s material into what they are doing.

”Brown, playwright, poet and civil rights activist wrote more than one thousand songs, and more than a dozen musical plays. He is also noted for such classic compositions as, “The Snake,” “Work Song,” and “Dat Dere.” Yet, Brown was especially proud of how his productions “Opportunity, Please Knock,” and “Great Nitty Gritty” tapped into the talents of gang members and impoverished youth in Chicago and helped change their lives.

According to his son Napoleon, “Dad said there was a wealth of talent in the ghetto".

Brown was originally hospitalized in mid-April, suffering from osteo-myelitis, a bone infection.

"Homecoming" Memorial services will be held Friday, June 24th at 12:00 Noon, at Christ Universal Temple, 11901 S. Ashland Avenue, Chicago , Illinois 60643.

In lieu of flowers, his family request donations be sent to help benefit

The Oscar Brown Jr. H.I.P Legacy Foundation
4915 S. Forestville, Avenue,
Chicago IL 60615.

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