Many of us don’t remember, but this is a snapshot of a place in time where Kevin White and James Brown helped to calm the black population of Boston after losing MLK to an assassin’s bullet. This concert was almost cancelled out of fear of rioting….but Kevin White saw this as an opportunity to celebrate King’s life. He let the concert happen and pressed WGBH to televise the concert. While the black populations were rioting across the rest of the country, acting out in anger over losing yet another leader. Black folks in Boston stayed relatively calm….and many people attribute that to Kevin White and James Brown.
Kevin White was a progressive man and was exactly what we needed during those turbulent times. He will go down as one of the greats of Boston politics.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.