Celebrating Southside

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Celebrating Southside, 1960-1985 was a free one-night event at the 22nd Street Jazz and Blues Cafe on October 19, 2005. It was organized by writer Steven Ford Brown to celebrate the community of artists, writers, musicians and other characters that distinguished the Southside community from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The program included special tributes to the departed activist poet John Beecher, publisher Joe Simpson, photojournalist Spider Martin, bookseller Gene Crutcher, and writer Fred Bonnie. Speakers included Marvin Yeomans Whiting, the Reverend Gates Shaw, and art critic James R. Nelson. A filmed interview of Crutcher by artist Ned Mudd was screened and music was provided by Lolly Lee and Marian McKay and her Magic City Sounds.

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