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A Story from the Archives
Digging through the archives for material for the site I came upon these photos. I had performed a number of times at the National Theater in Washington DC. They asked me to be part of the first year of the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in 1986 and they wondered if I could work the young TV star from the Cosby Show, Malcom Jamal-Warner into my act. So I thought I could have Malcom represent the earth spinning, break dancing, around the sun, representing the earth, as I sang my song “One Trip Around the Sun”, with a new verse about how much the young Martin Luther King Jr. accomplished in his short thirty nine trips around the sun. One sad note about this really fun and successful day; I had a young neighborhood friend, Mark Hughes, who had taught me the few break-dancing moves I could pull off, work, for a good part of the day before the act, with Malcom. Mark taught him the moves Mark and I had choreographed for the song. They really enjoyed each others company as Mark taught Malcom the basics of the dance. When Malcom hit the stage he was ready and he made the act come alive. Just four or five years later Mark was killed in another senseless act of the all too common urban violence. It was such a loss. Mark was talented, smart, athletic, and very charismatic. I cannot think of this day with Malcom without thinking about Mark.