Gray Proclaims Aug. 22 'Chuck Brown Day,' Unveils Plans for Memorial

8/22/2012, 2:54 p.m.

Proposal Memorializes 'Godfather of Go-Go' With Park, Statue, Amphitheater

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mayor Vincent Gray honored the memory of the late Go-Go music legend Chuck Brown on what would have been his 76th birthday by proclaiming August 22 "Chuck Brown Day" in the District, and unveiling plans for a living memorial to the artist, who died in May.

"Chuck Brown and his music truly epitomized what was best - and what continues to be great - about our nation's capital, and that's why it is important we make sure that generations now and in the future know of this great artist," Mayor Gray said. "That's why I'm proclaiming August 22nd 'Chuck Brown Day' and proposing that we build a memorial that will create a permanent, living salute to this hometown legend."

Earlier this year, Mayor Gray proposed legislation that would name a park in Brown's honor. Today, He announced this week that the portion of what is currently of Langdon Park bordered by 18th, 20th, Franklin and Hamlin Streets NE in Ward 5 would become Chuck Brown Memorial Park and would feature a memorial bust or statue at the park's amphitheater. The amphitheater and other park facilities would also be renovated.

"We thought a memorial focused on performance venue would be a fitting tribute to Chuck, and this park is already a place where people from all backgrounds and all ages gather to enjoy the outdoors and music," Mayor Gray said. "This will create a lasting and appropriate reminder of Chuck's legacy."