U.S. Attorney General Holder references P-Funk era in commemoration speech at Morgan State

May 19, 2014|BiJoe Burris

Talk about generation gap.

During a Saturday commemoration speech at Morgan State
University’s commencement, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lauded Morgan
State’s band and choir, which  moments
earlier had rendered a crowd pleasing performance.

Then the 63-year-old Holder turned to the band and asked, “Do
you all know Flash Light?” referring to the 1978 hit song by funk troupe
Parliament. The song peaked at Number One on the Billboard R&B charts and
helped popularize the group’s brand of music that became known as P-Funk.

But to many the Morgan State band and undergraduates, who undoubtedly
were not alive when the song was released 36 years ago, Holder’s reference
seemed as familiar as diamond needles and liner notes.

While the older adults laughed and applauded, some from the younger generation sat in emotionless silence.

Holder, who commemorated the 60th anniversary of
the U.S. Supreme Court Brown V. Board of Education ruling, turned to a section in
the audience where several members of Morgan’s class of 1964 were seated.

“I love you all," Holder said, "but these are my people over here."

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