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Chuck Brown’s Memorial: Politicians, Go-Go Musicians, Celebrities, and the Apprentice

The final installment of the D.C.'s official celebrations of Chuck Brown takes place tomorrow in halls D and E of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some good news: After yesterday’s long line outside the Howard Theatre in the brutal heat, this should be a cooler event.

Doors will open at 10 a.m., and ceremonies will actually begin before the official start time of noon.  Praise and worship kick off at 11:30 a.m.. The event continues with speeches, musical performances, biblical readings, and more. According to a press release, Brown's band will appear, as will a host of luminaries: Mayor Vince Gray, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, hip-hop artist Doug E. Fresh, actor Mike Epps, singer Ledisi, R&B duo Kindred the Family Soul, crooner  Raheem DeVaughn, E.U. frontman Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott, Cliff Jones, gospel singer Tye Tribbett, Backyard Band's Anwan "Big G" Glover, and radio personalities Donnie SimpsonTom JoynerHuggy Lowdown, and Chris Paul. Um, and The Apprentice's Omarosa (she studied at Howard).

The city is expecting about 14,500 people to attend. Depending on when you arrive, there may be a line, but it will be inside the convention center. Should you drive, keep in mind that L Street NW will be closed between 7th and 9th streets.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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