Legendary Sportscaster James Brown Honored

The Greater Washington Urban League honored CBS Sportscaster James Brown last evening during their 38th Annual Whitney M. Young, Jr. gala.

The gala honors local individuals and businesses that embody the principles of community service that Mr. Young represented.

J.B., as he is affectionately known, said upon accepting the award, "This will be the first time in three years, someone hasn't recognized me as being dead", referring to the godfather of Soul, James Brown, who passed on Christmas Day in 2006.

Brown, a Harvard grad, grew up in the DC area and thanked his mother, his wife, and the community for supporting him during his career.

Brown also hosts the annual JB Awards, honoring NFL players for their community service work. This year's event will be held April 14th at the Mandarian Oriental Hotel in DC. (Honorees who will receive special JB Awards include Baltimore's Ray Rice and Washington's London Fletcher).

Other honorees on the evening included Chuck Brown (the godfather of Go-Go), Virginia Ali (wife of Ben's Chili Bowl co-founder, Ben Ali), and Clarke Construction.

“Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.” - Whitney M. Young, Jr.