May 27, 2012 marks the first anniversary of the death of Gil Scott-Heron. While this represents something of a landmark, as family, not a day has gone by that we don’t think of him, feel his presence and appreciate the outpouring of love, respect and acknowledgement of his gift from people of all ages and walks of life. We invite you to continue to enjoy the music and understand the deeper meaning in the messages that Gil left us. With a timeless relevance, his words touch the hearts and minds of people around the world.
Since his death in New York City last year, Gil has received countless honors and tributes — from places as little known as a college classroom to the internationally-recognized 2012 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His work remains highly sought-after in the entertainment and advertising world.
On April 1, 2012, his birthday, stations around the nation paid tribute, including WRFG in Atlanta, WPFW in Washington, DC, WBAI in New York City, WURD in Philadelphia, and KPFK in Los Angeles. On May 6, 2012, KPFK honored Gil with its notable 2nd annual Hero Award; and in August, the Black Rock Coalition in New York City will pay tribute to him.
In addition, producer Charlotte Fox has renamed her annual poetry festival in Washington, DC in Gil’s honor: the Gil event will be held at the Carter Baron Amphitheater in July.

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