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Ready For a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America

Ready For a Brand New Beat:  How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America

by Mark Kurlansky,
The Boston Globe, July 26, 2013

At the time Martin Luther King Jr. led the March on Washington in 1963, Dizzy Gillespie declared he was a candidate for the presidency of the United States. If elected, the trumpeter promised to change the name of the White House to the "Blues House," appoint Duke Ellington as secretary of state, Malcolm X as attorney general, and Miles Davis as director of the CIA, and deport George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, to Vietnam.

 

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