In Memory of Don Cornelius

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  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012
  • Don Cornelius BET Awards 2012

Bringing Soul to the People

Cornelius conceived the idea for Soul Train during the civil rights movement after observing that there weren’t any venues for Black music on mainstream television. The show would debut on Chicago’s WCIU-TV in 1970. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)