Memorial Service for Chuck Brown Pending
5/21/2012, 10:35 a.m.
There's still been no official word on when and where the public memorial for Go-Go legend Chuck Brown will be held. But Mayor Vincent Gray is planning for flags be flown at half staff during the funeral.
Ward 7 community activist Ron Moten, who was a close friend of Brown's, said that in light of the upcoming holiday weekend, it wasn't likely the service would take place prior to Memorial Day. He said however, it would be a problem finding a building large enough to hold the thousands of fans expected to attend.
"RFK Stadium wouldn't be classy enough and the Washington Convention Center won't work either," said Moten. "So I think the service should be held at the Verizon Center."
Moten, who helped arrange the funeral for Go-Go musician Benny Little in 2010 at the Convention Center, said there was barely enough room to accommodate the 7,000 to 9,000 people who attended. "We were rushing people through to see Benny," said Moten.
Brown died last week at age 75 following a lengthy illness. On Sunday, dozens of fans paid tribute to the "Godfather of Go-Go" by participating in an impromptu block party in the District on "Chuck Brown Way."