Gil Scott-Heron is among the cultural icons honored in exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. One of the "newsboy" caps and a signature jacket he was famous for wearing are included in a "neighborhood record store" exhibit.
"As administrator for the Estate of Gil Scott-Heron, and on behalf of his family and friends, I extend our gratitude to the museum's leadership team for recognizing Gil's importance and the continuing impact his contributions have on our culture today," said Rumal Rackley, Scott-Heron's son.
Widely known for his revolutionary political and social commentary set to music, Scott-Heron is introduced in a section of the museum that discusses "spoken word." He also is included in the museum's major publication, "Dream a World Anew."
Scott-Heron died on May 27, 2011, leaving behind a prodigious body of work that includes nearly 40 albums, two novels, several books of poetry, and a memoir, "The Last Holiday." The lyrical memoir focuses on his efforts along with Stevie Wonder to promote Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday. Scott-Heron received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award posthumously in 2012, and his iconic "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.
"We encourage everyone to visit our recently upgraded website --gilscottherononline.com -- to see how Gil's words and music have been embraced globally over the past five years," Rackley said. "We deeply appreciate everyone who keeps Gil's memory alive and his legacy vibrant for future generations."