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7 Jul 2011

‘Soul Train’ items on track toward Smithsonian

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July 7, 2011 Category: Entertainment Posted by:


Soon you’ll be able to enjoy the Hippest Trip in America at the nation’s Premiere Historical Museum.


Artifacts from Soul Train, a show that brought the best of black music and culture into the nation’s homes on Saturdays for 37 years, will soon be making their way to the historical national museum.


According to the Washington Post, five pieces will be donated, including the 10-foot-long neon “Train” sign, which was used from 1993 to 2006.


The classic television series caught the attention of young African-American people all across the country as new artists were highlighted, and dancers got their start.


It originally aired in 1971 and was hosted by its founder, Don Cornelius. With his smooth, deep voice, the former Chicago newsman took the show to Los Angeles and eventually helped launch it into syndication.


At the end of every show, fans at home and abroad would follow along when he said, “As always in parting, we wish you love, peace and soul!”


“From a scholarly point of view, this is one of those television shows that beamed African American cultural to the households of black and white America. It (became one of the early) crossover shows. It dominated the black TV viewership of black teenagers.


And then it impacted white households,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, the founding director of the museum. “Like every black kid in America, I watched to see what the newest move was — even if I couldn’t do it.”

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