Don Geesling is a Ph.D. student in Afro American Studies at UMass-Amherst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One way to look at Gil Scott-Herons passing in late May is that we were lucky to have him around for 62 years. An even better way to understand him is through his own words. In our November 2007 issue, we were fortunate to run Don Geeslings conversation with the poet and musician.
I played for Shirley Chisholm, I played for Ken Gibson, I played for anybody who was trying to do something positive for black peoplejust count me in and Ill be there, Scott-Heron says.