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Remembering Sonny Carson

There were a number of posts this week on twitter and various other social networking sites and blogs marking the birthdays of Malcolm X and Lorraine Hansberry, two iconic civil rights figures.  The website Hip Hop Wired points out a notable omission in this week’s online elegies–the legacy of Sonny Carson.  As his Village Voice obituary suggests, Carson’s impact on Central Brooklyn is legion. His pivotal roles in establishing Restoration Plaza, Medgar Evers College, advocating against Police Brutality, and in support of school reform firmly ensconced Carson as one of Brooklyn’s deans throughout the 70s and 80s.  Carson was further immortalized in 2007 when the intersection at Nostrand and Gates was renamed in his honor.

Carson was reintroduced to a new generation, albeit subliminally in 90s via the rap group Wu Tang Clan who sampled snippets from the 1974 film The Education of Sonny Carson, which was based on Carson’s autobiography of the same name.

For more information on Carson, click here to read Hip Hop Wired’s reflection on Carson’s life.  The link also includes a clip of Wu-Tang’s memorable samples.

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