hen the National Museum of African History and Cultural opens on Saturday local figures who have contributed in big ways to this country will be represented inside the museum. Gil Scott Heron will be among them. He’s known as the father of Rap but Gil Scott Heron left us so much more over a forty year career:
He was born in Chicago in 1949 and raised by a grandmother in Jackson, Tenn. He arrived in New York by the age of 13 and attended the prestigious Feldston school. He arrived in Washington, D.C. in the early 1970’s. He was armed with a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University. It was in the Nations capitol that he found inspiration for much of his poetry and music.
Heron set the political tone for generations with his biting commentary on Richard Nixon, Watergate, Reagan, and more.