On Wednesday, the first day of Black History Month, the world lost Don Cornelius. While we continue to celebrate his legacy, here are 10 thing NewsOne bets you didn’t know about “Soul Train.”
1) The show got off the ground in part because an ex-racist-turned-activist became one of the show’s first advertisers. George O’Hare later became an activist with Dick Gregory and volunteer for Operation Breadbasket with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
2) Dick Clark‘s “Soul Unlimited” was made to compete with “Soul Train.” Jesse Jackson and other activists and record executives, including Clarence Avant, put a stop to it.
3) Walter Payton, running back for the Chicago Bears, danced on the show.
4) Cheryl Song, the long-haired Asian dancer, later danced in videos for Rick James and Michael Jackson.