Honor Chuck Brown’s Legacy: Teach the Beat

In honor of Chuck Brown‘s life and legacy, we invite teachers to share lessons and/or stories about how to infuse the history and music of go-go into the curriculum. The music and culture of go-go have been integral to DC’s history since the 1970s. We believe that this history should be just as integral to the study of history and music in D.C. and Prince George’s County Schools.

Teaching for Change is honored to be working with D.C. Public Schools, Prince George’s County Schools, and the authors of The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. to develop lessons and share teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in middle and high school social studies, language arts, math, music, and/or D.C. history classes in conjunction with the book, The Beat! Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C.

Teachers can send an email with stories, teaching ideas, or a request to be interviewed to: Teach the Beat

Include your name, subject, and grade level. We will post your stories online to encourage others to teach about go-go by providing inspiration and ideas.

This initiative launched in July of 2011 with a forum for teachers at the Anacostia Museum with featured presenters Sweet Cherie and Sugar Bear. Funding has been raised at events and through individual donations. Chuck Brown was the featured guest at house parties at the home of Steve and Sonya Coleman and the home of Charles Stephenson and Judith Burrell. There was also a go-go concert under the stars at the Anacostia Gallery.

To learn more about Chuck Brown, here is an interview by the National Visionary Leadership Project. To learn more about go-go, here is the website for The Beat.