For most of his 65 years, street singer Elliott Small was famous only
on a New Orleans corner — until an innovative 2008 Internet video went
viral, bringing the white-bearded, overall clad musician with the
turned up hat brim before a global audience in a worldwide
collaboration performance of Ben E. King's classic, "Stand By Me."
The fire hoses and police dogs. The Montgomery bus boycott. The march
on Washington. You've probably seen scattered footage of these images,
but no project ever connected pictures to context with the tenacity of
"Eyes on the Prize."
A U.S. delegation that includes members of the Black press, elected
officials, performing artists and representatives of such organizations
as the NAACP and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will be in Senegal from
April 2 to April 4 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that country’s
independence from France and the dedication of the 150-foot-high
African Renaissance Monument.