8 years ago today, we lost an important, but not widely recognized voice that spoke out for equal rights and justice, Oscar Brown, Jr. He did it through poetry, music, plays, activism and the way he led his life. I remember seeing him on TV in the early/mid 60s and I loved his music and what he had to say.Oscar Brown, Jr. was the original rapper, the original Def Jam-style poet. He inspired people through his performance poetry.
You can read about his background on the site his daughter, Maggie, devotes to him: Oscar Brown, Jr. Legacy Project.
Here’s the late great Nina Simone singing “Work Song” in 1966 on the Merv Griffin show, priceless!