The spirit of Don Cornelius was felt in Midtown on Saturday as fans in the true spirit of love, peace and soul paid tribute to the late music/television icon. Thanks to social networking fans gathered and formed a mass “Soul Train line” in the middle of Times Square in memory of the man responsible for changing television.
The gathering was announced on Facebook on Thursday and several local DJs helpd organize the event that took place on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets on the TKTS steps in Times Square.
Dancers, some wearing afro wigs and bell bottoms, formed two Soul Train lines taking turns going down the lines
News broke earlier this week that Cornelius, 75, died of an apparent suicide in his Los Angeles home. He is famous for creating the long-running dance show “Soul Train” in the 1970s iconic to Black culture
Publicist Malika “NuNu” Granville, one of the organizers, said the idea was a collective effort and used her connections to put together the tribute at the Crossroads of America.
“People have so many fond memories of listening to music and watching Soul Train and we thought this was the only way to do this,” she said. “We have already gotten a flood of phone calls from people about the event and we want families to come out. This is also in celebration of Black History Month.”
Granville collaborated with well known DJs including DJ Jon Quick, DJ Flashback and DJ Jason Grae for the event.
Earlier in the day the Rev. Al Sharpton held a tribute to Cornelius at the National Action Network Headquarters in Harlem as part of his weekly rally. Former Soul Train dancers attended along with singer Roberta Flack who gave reflections.
Similar mass Soul Train lines are taking place across the country in tribute to Cornelius. Recently dancers formed one on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.