Listen: The night Uncle Clarence went out to shoot a white man
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MPR’s Marianne Combs reports on “Dead King Mother,” a composition created by local composer Davu Seru, who calls piece a "blues for chamber ensemble." The subject matter is a 1968 incident in which Clarence Underwood, a Minneapolis Black man, who upon hearing the news of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, told his wife, "My King is dead." He vowed to kill the first white man he found. Underwood went on to murder John F. Murray, a white man in neighborhood.

Seru, a composer, musician and scholar, is part of the extensive Underwood family. His work has opened up lines of communication between two families bound by tragedy after 50 years of silence.

Awarded:

2018 MBJA Eric Sevareid Award, award of merit in Soft Feature - Large Market Radio category

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