NCBL Fondly Remembers Max Roach

news-MaxRoachMAX ROACH…for NCBL, the name is synonymous with class, amazing artistry, and activism. Max made his transition from this world on Friday, August 17, 2007, and we think the world should have paused to recognize the life of one man, a gifted musician, a humanitarian, an unapologetic agitator for justice! NCBL pauses, in deep gratitude. As an organization, we owe a great debt to Max, who so graciously donated his amazing talent to the cause, whenever we asked; he was a percussionist extraordinaire, and he was very successful materially. He could have shared his music with the world, and done no more, which indeed would have been gift enough. Instead, he chose to use what influence he had, and his talent, to be a warrior for justice. When he saw and/or encountered racism, he didn’t respond as the proverbial ostrich, with his head buried in the sand, he ACTED! So Max, we hope we told you while you could still hear, how much you meant to us as an organization, and to many of us who had the pleasure of knowing you personally, how profoundly your activism encouraged and inspired us. You will be missed, but always remembered with a smile. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, for using your musical gifts to make the world a more beautiful place, and for having a vision of justice, that made it a better place, as well. Rest well, dear friend. We honor your life and your lasting legacy. Your beat goes on…