Soul Train Dance Party for National Museum of African American History and Culture

Soul Train At The Smithsonian [Source: Pharoah Martin]

This weekend’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC included a program on June 30th celebrating Soul Train and the donation of numerous artifacts from the show to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Construction for the new museum is set to begin in 2012 with an estimated completion date in 2015. Until then, shows will be held at a gallery in the National Museum of American History.

Soul Train Dance Party [Source: carlylevsmith]

In the first video above a variety of people speak on the importance of Soul Train including one of the original Soul Train dancers, Tyrone Proctor. In the second video bits of the Soul Train Dance Party that closed the event are shared.

The Smithsonian has an extended video of Tyrone Proctor’s participation on the panel including a dance performance by Proctor and members of Washington, DC’s Urban Artistry dance group but, in their ongoing misguided attack on fair use, Warner Music Group has had the audio killed.

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