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The Chicago West Community Music Center remembers Curtis Mayfield

The public is invited to not miss Chicago West Community Music Center’s “Keep On Pushin’” tribute to the legendary Curtis Mayfield on June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 West Jackson Boulevard. Admission is free.

The salute features Howard Sandifer & Friends with Carl King on vocals.

As a member of the Impressions, Mayfield wrote anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, including “People Get Ready,” “Keep on Pushin’,” “Choice of Colors,” “We’re A Winner” and the love ballad, “I’m So Proud.”

The hits continued when he left the group for a solo career. He wrote the soundtrack for the smash movie, Super Fly. Other movie hits included Aretha Franklin’s “Giving Him Something He Can Feel” from “Sparkle,’ “Let’s Do It Again” for the Staple Singers and “Claudine” for Gladys Knight and the Pips.

He was paralyzed from the neck down after a stage accident during a performance in Brooklyn, NY. His last album was “New World Over” in 1996. He died from complications of diabetes on December 26, 1999.

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