James Brown Historical Tour Celebrates the Life and Legacy of the Godfather of Soul


This year marks the 15th anniversary of the death of the legendary godfather of soul and the James Brown Family Foundation honors that with the James Brown Historical Tour.

Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, said that “the historic James Brown family tour started in 2016… Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor had come the year before to research the movie ‘Get on Up’. And from there we decided wow, after taking them out and explaining to them that it was actually a good thing.

A good thing indeed. James Brown grew up on the streets of Augusta, Georgia, most of the places he grew up in still exists today.

Brown Thomas says, “We are very fortunate to live in Augusta, Georgia, where my father grew up. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina, and raised in Augusta, Georgia. And he never forgot where he came from. He grew up poor. My grandparents were poor and he grew up in the isolated south. Uh, so things weren’t granted to him.

James Brown worked his way from rags to wealth. However, it was not just about music. He was passionate about several other things.

“It was very important for education. Not being a dropout was very, very important to him. But again, in 1968, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered, my father sat down at a table and on a napkin, began to write the lyrics, “Say it out loud, I am. black and I “I’m proud. “

Learn all this and more on the tour.

Tour guide KiKi Cofer said, “This tour is the complete embodiment of James Brown’s story. And it’s a really awesome good time!


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