Sam Cooke receives posthumous apology from Louisiana mayor

Sam Cooke has received a posthumous apology from the mayor of Shreveport, Louisiana over the racial mistreatment he received during a visit to the city 56 years ago.
The Bring it on Home to Me singer and his entourage had a reservation for rooms at a Holiday Inn in the city back in 1963, ahead of Cooke’s performance at the Municipal Auditorium, but upon arrival, they were all turned away.
The incident sparked a dispute, which resulted in the arrest of Cooke and three others in his group, and the injustice they faced is said to have inspired him to write his civil rights anthem, A Change Is Gonna Come.
On Saturday (22Jun19), Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins issued a long-overdue public apology to Cooke’s family for the decades-old event, and awarded the tragic singer the key to the city posthumously, while attending the Let the Good Times Roll Festival, which featured a performance from the soul legend’s daughter Carla Cooke, reports local news station KSLA.
Accepting the recognition on her late father’s behalf, she said, “I’m so honoured that Mayor Perkins took the time to do the apology while I was performing at the festival.”
Sam Cooke was shot and killed in 1964, aged 33.