The Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. was proud to present a historical sampling of great African American art and entertainment in observance of Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. highlighted many videos available on YouTube from a broad range of genres—jazz, blues, country, folk, rap, opera, gospel, cinema, comedy, poetry and dance—featuring African American all-stars of the 20th and 21st century.
The playlist included: Albert King, Aretha Franklin, Bernie Mac, Big Joe Williams, Big Mama Thornton, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Bill Cosby, Billie Holiday, Brownie McGhee, Cab Calloway and the Nicholas Brothers, CeCe Winans, Charley Pride, Dorothy Donegan, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Five Satins, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, Joshua Nelson, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Mahalia Jackson, Marion Williams, Mary Mary, Memphis Slim, Miles Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Odetta, Paul Robeson, Queen Albertina Walker, Ray Charles, Richard Pryor, Robert Glasper, Ruby Dee, Sam and Dave, Shirley Caesar, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sonny Terry, T-Bone Walker, The Drifters, The Neville Brothers, The Temptations, The Toys, Tupac Shakur, Wes Montgomery, Whitney Houston, Willie Dixon, and Wilson Pickett
You can see—and listen to—the Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. playlist at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C6BD356A4E6157FF&page=1
You can view the accompanying SSTCI blog, with videos and historical information at www.silverspringtowncenter.blogspot.com
We thank YouTube, Wikipedia and all the folks who made suggestions for the playlist for our community celebration of Black History Month 2009.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTownCentre is the Town Center’s YouTube Channel!