Crowds is expected to attend farewell for Chuck Brown, Godfather of go-go

Fans and friends of Chuck Brown may say their final farewells to the “Godfather of Go-Go” at an all-day public viewing Tuesday at the Howard Theatre and a memorial service Thursday.

Brown died May 16 at 75.

Tuesday’s viewing, on the first floor of the theater, at 620 T St. NW, will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The mayor’s office encourages mourners to use public transportation because the surrounding streets will be closed and parking will be limited. The closest Metro stop is the Shaw-Howard University station on the Green Line. Metrobuses run along Florida Avenue NW and Seventh Street NW.

Streets closures are as follows:

●Starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday up to midnight, T Street NW will be closed from Seventh Street to Florida Avenue.

●At 9:30 a.m., the T Street closure will expand two blocks west, from Seventh Street to Ninth Street NW.

●Between 9:30 a.m. and midnight, Seventh and Eighth streets NW between Florida Avenue and S Street will be closed.

●Wiltberger Street NW between T and S streets also will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and midnight.

The public is also welcome to attend a memorial service planned from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, at Mount Vernon Place NW.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Chuck Brown Memorial Foundation, which is applying for nonprofit status. The Web site says Brown envisioned the foundation as “a way to give back to the causes he felt so passionately about. . . . Education, Homelessness and Re-entry Into Society After Incarceration.”

Carol Morello writes about demographics and the census, as well as a lot of other stuff that comes down the pike. She has worked at the Washington Post since 2000.
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