Short Biography: Berry Gordy Jr.

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Berry Gordy Jr was born on 28 November 1929 in Detroit. After a period as a professional feather-weight in the late Forties, Gordy was then drafted for service in the Korean War in 1951. Discharged in 1953, he married 19-year-old Thelma Coleman. Then in 1959, at the age of 30, Berry Gordy Jr. started a company called Motown based off a eight-hundred dollar loan from his family. Little did Gordy know that his automobile assembly line based music label would be starting a revolution. He wanted to make hit songs like everyone else, but he wanted to appeal to all types of people, the general audience of all colors and ethnicities. Not only did Gordy build a music studio, but a school for singer-performers, who where local teenagers that were less …show more content…
Not only was it hard teaching his artists and trying to be accepted by the white audiences, but the black audiences

Skiljan 3 tried to disgrace him for what he was doing. He wanted everyone to like his music not just one race or a certain group. As he was getting closer to the white audiences he was receiving threatening phone calls from the black audiences. The white audience felt that he was trying to do the impossible by crossing the barrier, and the black audience thought he was betraying them and switching sides. Berry Gordy did something that inspired other people to do the same, and he himself was inspired. He states himself that he was influenced greatly by Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

Berry Gordy may not be recognized as well as a Malcolm X or Martin Luther King Jr. but he definitely made a difference. He did everything he had to do and he did what he believed in to make a statement. Many people judged him and thought poorly towards him because of his decisions and the way he ran his company, but as far as we know things might not be how they are today if he would have done it differently. He definitely left his mark and will not be forgotten, he fought racism and helped music grow, the only and only Berry

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