A fantastic partnership was established in the fall of 2018, when Maggie & Africa became artists-in-Residence at the Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, at the University of Chicago. It began as a result of a generous grant from the Ravada Foundation. One fortuitous day while at the Logan Center, Dan Logan (one of the donors’ sons) introduced himself to Maggie, and expressed his interest in helping with the work she had been doing to keep up with the materials of her father. As a result, within the following twelve months, a plan and implementation of the Oscar Brown, Jr. Archive Project at Logan Center for the Arts, was underway. Working as Co-Project Managers of the Oscar Brown, Jr. Archive Project, empowers the Brown sisters to revive their fathers’ legacy and ensure its potential for publication and celebration by current and future generations.
[photo: Africa, Dan Logan, Maggie & Bill Michel at the Logan Center]
Following a successful first round of their Residency, phase II of the OBJ AP began at the top of 2020. While Covid-19 has temporarily closed the U of C campus, thus postponing the public performances and other plans for 2020, the Brown sisters are working on the digital archiving and developing content for release on the web. Conception, design, and coordination of this OscarBrownJr.Org site is among the tasks completed during phase II.
“I think Oscar Brown, Jr is one of the most creative young men in the musical world today.”
- Nina Simone, 1960.
Only a small fraction of his poems, songs, musical plays, and essays have been published. His vast, eclectic body of work, defies narrow definition. The point of this OscarBrownJr.Org website is to reveal the breadth of his writing and share Oscar Brown, Jr’s artistic outpouring and philosophies with a world audience.