Louisiana Mayor Apologizes for Racist Treatment of Sam Cooke
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Shreveport’s mayor has apologized for the racist way the late singer Sam Cooke was treated during a visit to the city.
Cooke was in town in 1963 to perform at the Municipal Auditorium.
He had a reservation at a Holiday Inn but he, his wife and others were turned away.
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KSLA reports Cooke and three others in his group were eventually arrested.
The station says author Peter Guralnick, who authored a biography of Cooke, wrote that the incident helped inspire Cooke’s civil rights anthem, “A Change is Gonna Come.”
Mayor Andrian Perkins apologized Saturday night during a music festival to Cooke, who died in 1964, and his family. Cooke’s daughter Carla performed at the festival.
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Local media report Perkins also gave her a key to the city in honor of her father.