The Story Of A Boston Mayor And Singer James Brown

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There are funeral services Wednesday for Kevin White, the man who governed Boston from 1968 to 1984.

White died on Friday, after a decade battling Alzheimer's. In the days since his death, much has been made of how White handled race relations in the city and in particular one night in Boston-- April 5, 1968.

It was the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior. Riots had broken out across the country and in Boston city officials were anxious about a concert soul singer James Brown was scheduled to play at the old Boston Garden.

Reporter Michael May takes us back to that moment and reminds us what Kevin White and the "Godfather of Soul did that night."

This segment aired on February 1, 2012.


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