Performed at the Westbury Music Fair in New York just a few days after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, this tribute to the late civil rights leader is perhaps the one most wracked with emotion. Especially given its proximity to his death. Sung by the indelible Nina Simone over a delicate piano medley, it was written by bass player Calvin Taylor specifically for the event. The live version even has a snippet of the singer addressing the crowd, explaining that they just learned it the day prior, her voice heavy with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of such a senseless tragedy.
As award shows continue to ramp up throughout the year, the BET Awards are back to celebrate the best in Black music and culture. One show category that always seems to stand out is the Lifetime Achievement Award. The prestigious award honors veteran artists for their longevity and contributions to the music world. Newer artists pay tribute by performing some of the honoree's most popular songs before the honoree takes the stage to perform.
Among his other activities, Wonder played harmonica on one track for the 1994 tribute album Kiss My Ass: Classic Kiss Regrooved; sang at the 1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremony; collaborated in 1997 with Babyface on \"How Come, How Long\", a song about domestic violence that was nominated for a Grammy award; and played harmonica on Sting's 1999 \"Brand New Day\". In early 1999, Wonder performed in the Super Bowl XXXIII halftime show.
Mount Vernon gives historical accounts of what life was like for enslaved African Americans which can give you a unique perspective on the struggle for freedom these people yearned for. The Enslaved People of Mount Vernon Tour is the best way to learn personal stories from those who worked the estate and allows you to walk in their footsteps with a guide taking you on a 60-minute history lesson. The tour is free with paid admission. You can also browse the Lives Bound Together online exhibit to learn more about the enslaved population who lived on the Mount Vernon estate.Where: Mount Vernon, Fairfax County, VirginiaHot tip: Immediately following this tour, accompany the guide down to participate in a moving tribute at the Slave Memorial and Cemetery. The 1983 Memorial comprises three circles, symbolizing faith, hope, and love.
Fairfax County's newest museum, located on the public grounds of Fort Belvoir, pays tribute to the stories and sacrifices made by members of the United States Army. Discover stories of Black Soldiers in the U.S. Army throughout the multitude of galleries, including why Sgt. John Denny received the Medal of Honor in 1891 or how the term Buffalo Soldiers came to be. You can also find the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment National Color Guard Flag Fragment in the Preserving the Nation Gallery.Where: Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County, VirginiaHot tip: Check the museum's Events Calendar for upcoming Black History Month events, including virtual lectures about the \"Harlem Hellfighters\" or World War I and other programs about Black men and women who served in World War II. 1e1e36bf2d