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tv   James Brown in Augusta Georgia  CSPAN  August 2, 2015 2:50pm-3:02pm EDT

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imagine the contributions that she made to our city and to the world as a result of her students who went out and did great things. >> all weekend long american history tv is joining our comcast cable partners to showcase the history of augusta, georgia. to learn more about the cities on our 2015 tour, visit c-span.org/cities to her. we continue to look at the history of a gusto. -- augusta. ♪ i feel good ♪ i knew that i would. i feel good. i knew that i would. so good so good ♪ ♪ >> we are in the augustine museum of history in augusta ga. we call this exhibit james brown
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, the godfather of soul. he gives a different perspective of him, the man, the music, and his messages in his music. you will see beautiful memorabilia. a beautiful grand cayman that he designed, as well as instruments from his home and it is a great way to learn about the god for -- godfather of soul visiting. i am one of the daughters of mr. james brown, the godfather of soul. i'm also president of the james brown foundation and founder of the james brown academy of musicians. he was born across the bridge in south carolina and this area is
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called the central savannah river area. it borders the savannah river of south carolina as well as georgia. he was born right across the bridge, a little bit down in barnwell county. he grew up in a augusta. he had a heart for both areas that is why he created the song georgia liner. ♪ i'm a georgia liner georgia liner i was raised in georgia, born under a lineup. georgia liner georgia liner ♪ ♪ >> my grandmother and grandfather were poor.
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he grew up in the downtown area, which at that time was called the terry, or the territory where the poor people live. his days growing up and our and honey's place, there were some things going on at aunt honey's house that was a prohibition house. the military gentleman came down to visit the ladies of the evening at aunt honey's place, and so as a young lawyer he got a chance to see some things. that is the area in which and the surroundings he grew up in. he met bobby byrd, who i call uncle bobby in georgia. uncle bobby was part of a gospel group gospel star lighters. he came and performed in the boys home.
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dad was there as an inmate, and then met there. they became friends because in order for dad to be able to get out of that detention home for boys, he needed a homecoming need to do place, so somebody had to take him in a and so uncle bobby talked his mom into taking dad in as a young boy so that he could get out of the detention home that he was in. from that point on the started to make music together and they started off doing gospel music. dad change that a little bit whenever he started bringing in some of his favorite songs of the time, like cal dona and a lot of different songs. back in the day, back in the early 1950's. they begin to start doing r&b as we know it. the first egg hit was please,
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please, please. ♪ please, please don't go honey, please don't go ♪ ♪ >> from the early 50's on, to the late 1990's, dad always used to be really amazed by how people would be so into him and into his music. he would be sore amazed especially when he traveled across the country. he would call a sometimes that i did radio and he would be in china, he would be in prague, he would be in these places and these people did not even speak english. but they knew so much about him, and they left his music. it in amazed him how his reach was so far, so deep, two people
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who do not even speak english. it amazed him, especially being where he came from. i think sometimes he wrestled with trying to understand that. it was baffling to him. how could a poor young boy from south carolina come into such grace, such favor from god to be able to make this music? never went to school, never finished high school, never went to college, never went to a music school. it just came to him. he always wanted to be for the common man. somebody who would go and work those 13, 14 hours a day and don't make a play for their families, but still go and do it each and every day he wanted to speak for the common man. he did not forget being in that
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position when my grandfather had to walk from south carolina to agosto just to find the little bit of work for a little it money. he always spoke with presidents starting with lyndon b. johnson, all the way up of a opportunity for african-americans, young african-americans. job opportunities, educational opportunities, and then housing in the inner cities. for families to be able to live in. dad did some things that were way ahead of his time back in the late 1960's and the early 1970's in this town. he had a restaurant called the gold platter. it would be like a walmart today. you could go grocery shopping, but you could also have a meal there. you can also eat, there was a restaurant.
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you go to walmart for me can do just about anything can we get something to eat vegan shopping you can get your hair done. he was way ahead of his time. he created a system where people could have food stamps so that they could be able to purchase the film in the stores. -- food in the stores. he was so far end of his time and try to help has community. ♪ say it loud say it loud say it loud ♪ ♪ >> to make a three minute song i'm black and i'm proud, had so much power to generations to come and i do not think my dad realized what he was doing at the time.
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i believe that he realize the impact that it would make at that time, doing those days in the 1960's, during the civil rights movement, but we even came out of that movement to what is going on today, with ferguson, new york,? ? have we left that movement? it appears that would really have not, we're still in a civil rights movement and still to this day, that song is relevant. and it means a lot, because it is introduced to a whole new generation who understand what it means to be black and to be proud. when i did radio, dad would tell you when i play the song, to expand it because we are in a different day and time now. at that time he made for that person. but he would always say, back behind that with reminding
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people that whatever it is you are, you come from, be proud of it. you're a woman, the proud, if you are indian, be proud. if you're german, be proud. whatever it is, wherever you're from, whatever your culture. be proud. ♪ >> james brown's legacy for me is the james brown academy of music people. jam. . these people are also. daddy always talked about the importance of music education in schools. his biggest gripe was that students needed to learn how to play instruments.
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you can and it's from it in a child's hands, you can change their life. i've seen that literally happen with the students i work with. i never in a million years thought that i would be doing it, but what i have seen is exactly the things that my dad told me i would see. these children have embraced his music, they have learned his there he, his composition, they learn a lot of the they want is resolved please. that was before to my dad. -- important to my dad. >> throughout the weekend american tv is on a blog, georgia. learn more augusta and other stops on c-span.org,/cities to her. you're watching american history tv, all weekend, every weekend on c-span3. >> apollo, houston. i have two messages for you.

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