Thursday, February 2, 2012

Spotlight on Black History: Don Cornelius Remembered

I was only a kid back then when television used to rule my Saturday morning but my attention was claimed by cartoons, the School House Rock educational commercials in between them, followed by Soul Train. Who can deny their love for that show with its fresh perspective that left viewers with a good feeling? If it wasn’t for the artists that would come and bless the audience with their jubilant songs, it was for the dance moves the crowd would do. I can say that watching the longest running nationally syndicated show in television history, which was hosted by Donald Cortez “Don” Cornelius, started my weekends off great.

Don Cornelius was an inspiring man. He changed the world with his concept and originality. From the onset of the show in 1971, Soul Train was a hit. The news of this incredible show spread about 7 miles a second from here to over 2,000 miles away and beyond.  When this show was launched, it was like launching a cannonball into orbit.

He had the most recognizable voice in history. You didn’t even have to see the face of the man introducing the next song or artists to know that it was Don Cornelius talking. And when the songs came on, somehow it made the architectures of our bodies shift from left to right. If a person had no concept of time, knowledge of Saturday morning came with the space of Soul Train.

Today is truly a sad day.  For, Don Cornelius has passed away at 89 years old.  He will surely be remembered for introducing great acts like Minnie Ripperton, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and George Michael, just to name a few, to his grand stage. Ironic that today, February 1, 2012 begins Black History Month. Don Cornelius definitely made history with his popular show and has left a legacy that will never be forgotten. I pray that he is in peace now. God bless his soul.

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  1. Great post in memory of a man with great influence. BTW I also loved Schoolhouse Rock!

  2. Thank you. I used to love Schoolhouse Rock so much that my parents brought me the series on VHS.