April 22, 2016 (San Diego) Prince died Thursday at the age of 57. He was a pioneer in the music industry. In the recent past Prince also held a concert to benefit youth charities in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray in 2015 in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reported:
Washington and his wife, Beate — who paid about $200 apiece for floor seats to the show — felt the expensive tickets were worth the price to see the mercurial and unpredictable artist, who pledged a portion of the proceeds would go to Baltimore-based youth charities.
“This city could use a little joy, a little healing; Prince will do that,” said Washington, a 44-year-old broadcaster from Odenton. “Music is medicine. People want to reflect a little bit. His message has always been in his lyrics, if you just look deep enough.”
Reverend Shane Harris, San Diego President of the National Action Network, released the following statement:
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the death of arguably one of the greatest music icons of all time Prince. As I examine what I appreciated most about Prince I acknowledge the evolution of his life as well as the fact he was on the forefront with Michael Jackson breaking color barriers on MTV in early MTV days when it was not a diverse channel. In his 2004 CBS interview he said that it was important to him that children who watch and listen to him see what he would want his children to see. In the latter part of his life he began to get further involved with social justice issues like in 2015 in Baltimore where he held a benefit concert in light of the death of Freddie Gray (http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/music/bs-md-prince-concert-20150510-story.html) or like when our organization the National Action Network and other organizations called upon the nation to seek justice for Trayvon Martin he was there quietly and donated money to the family of Trayvon Martin without wanting any acknowledgement. No matter how you call it Prince realized that it was his personal evolution that mattered rather than his own personal gain. Prince is one of the last Iconic figures to come out of the James Brown and Michael Jackson lineage and will forever be in our hearts, thoughts and Prayers. We lift up the family of Prince and appreciate them for sharing him with us.