WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's mayor wants to honor the legacy of go-go legend Chuck Brown by renaming the western portion of Langdon Park after the larger-than-life figure who died last month at age 75.
Mayor Vincent Gray has submitted the "Chuck Brown Park Designation Act of 2012" for consideration by the D.C. Council.
“Chuck Brown, Go-Go music and the District of Columbia are inextricably linked to each other, and it’s appropriate that the ‘Godfather of Go-Go’ should be honored by the city that embraced him and his music,” Gray said in a statement released by his office Tuesday morning. “I promised at his memorial service that we would name a park in his honor, and that it would symbolize Chuck -- a place where there is action, people, traffic; the sounds of a city. A park where Chuck’s music can be played and where people can enjoy themselves -- as they always did while listening to Chuck Brown perform.”
Langdon Park is located off Rhode Island Avenue in Ward 5. The section of the park that would be renamed for Brown is located between 18th and 20th streets NE.
D.C.'s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) has proposed designating Aug. 22, Brown's birthday, as Chuck Brown Day.
"Chuck gave the District and the nation the gift of go-go, whose lasting beat spans generations,” Norton said in a statement when she introduced the Chuck Brown Day resolution.