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WASHINGTON—A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), today released the following statement on the passing of fifteen-time Grammy award-winning R&B legend B.B. King.
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of blues icon, B.B. King. His contributions to the music genre have touched lives across the globe.
“Mr. King is an inspiration to all of us who endeavor to create a legacy that leaves an indelible mark in our communities, our nation, and our world. In 2008, the CBCF honored King with a Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts award for his unconventional success and accomplishments.
“As the son of two sharecroppers growing up on a plantation in Mississippi, King taught himself to play the guitar. The self-proclaimed “Blues Boy” used this instrument and his unmistakable voice as path into the music industry.
“For more than six decades, he showed us why he sang the blues. His talent was a phenomenal gift to all of us.
“Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with his family and fans.”