James Brown was not only a commanding musical voice by the time he was in his 30’s but an extraordinary African-American personality. Although ridiculed and feared sometimes, he was an inspiration, role model and a figure important enough to be associated with national politics.
Brown was determined to be somebody after he was revived by an aunt in a country shack in the piney woods outside Barnwell, South Carolina, on May 3, 1933, nearly stillborn. According to the man himself, he stated: “JAMES BROWN is a concept, a vibration, a dance,” he told us recently. “It’s not me, the man. JAMES BROWN is a freedom I created for humanity.”