On Saturday the National Museum of African America History opened to the public and a free concert with Living Colour, Public Enemy, and The Roots followed later that day in celebration of the grand opening. “The Freedom Sounds show” at the Washington Monument was one of many events held in celebration of the opening.
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P.E. performed many of their classic hits including “911 Is A Joke,” “Don’t Believe The Hype” “Can’t Truss It” and”Fight the Power” from the “Do the Right Thing” soundtrack. They dedicated the performance to actor Bill Nunn, who played Radio Raheem in the film and passed away on Saturday.
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They Roots paid tribute to their home, Philadelphia by performing the theme from Rocky, to which Questlove said was “in the name of freedom and liberty, in the name of justice” The band also performed a cover of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy.” Following the performance, Questlove dedicated the set to “anyone, anywhere who has ever lifted a camera or a voice, who’s ever lifted a fist or a flag, or taken a knee against social injustice.”
Cannot think of a better field trip for @theroots than to visit the opening day of the @nmaahc! Such an honor to perform at it and a deep experience to walk within it's walls. People from all races and cultures need to visit. Looking forward to returning. And I gotta say the food is on point! #notimelikethepresent #theroots
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