(Purple Snow compiler Jon Kirby with Spike Moss at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN)
In the city of Minneapolis, as in the Numero Group office, November 11th is Spike Moss Day. For those of you who do not have the genesis of the Minneapolis Sound committed to memory, Spike Moss was the director of The Way (Uhuru) Community Center on Minneapolis’s Northside from the late ’60s until the ’80s. Located at 1913 Plymouth Avenue, The Way provided a sanctuary and a stage for musically active teens during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Many of the Minneapolis Sound’s principal players developed their chops (not to mention their competitive spirit) on the donated equipment strewn about the center’s basement. Still, other youngsters joined the dance troupe, the drum corps, or the basketball team (see below). Nowadays, Spike’s name comes up most often when the police beat up a homeless person or gang violence reaches a fever pitch and he is called to intervene. Despite his decades providing a voice for the voiceless, he constantly rebukes the title of activist. “All of us in this fight are freedom fighters,” he recently told the Northside’s community newspaper, Insight News. “An activist has no goal. Freedom is a clear goal… and I’m clear.” We celebrated Spike Moss Day last year, and we’ll celebrate Spike Moss Day next year. Because Spike Moss is awesome. Thanks again, Spike!
(P.S. Will pay TOP DOLLAR for your gently used THE WAY basketball jerseys!)
(The Way in the beginning)
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