Interview with Elaine Brown

What was the song? Someday We'll All Be Together. How did that fit in?


Right. Well, Fred, um, Fred liked that song, you know, um, I'm gonna, I'm gonna tell you. Motown, I have to tell you very briefly, was, I always said to, I said it once, many times, that Motown was the sound of the urban, urban rebellion, urban Black rebellion. It was the sound of Watts, and ah, Detroit, and Black people rising up and taking charge of their lives in urban arenas. So, when Diana Ross and the Supremes put out "Someday We'll All Be Together." Fred liked that, because it had that, of course, double meaning. And for him, it had a political meaning. We, we did that we took a lot of the, especially the Motown songs and we'd translate them into political terms. And so Fred loved that song, and, and after he was assassinated, um, all through the streets of Chicago, on top of hearing Fred say, "I'm going to die for the people because I love the people", you would hear Diana Ross singing, "Someday we'll be together." And you hear that brother in the background, "Say it, say it, say it again." And it was, everybody, everybody understood, we would be together and Fred had done that. He had binded[SIC] us in some way, and we were all committed, even more than before, and so they made a mistake assassinating him. At least at that time, we felt that they did.