Remember the infectious hit from American Idol, “Pants On The Ground”? The delight that went viral just a few short days ago? Remember its rapper General Larry Platt aged 62, who some call the next William Hung? Say William Hung no more. Larry Platt is an American Hero. A real hero. He even had a holiday named after him in his hometown of Atlanta on September 4, 2001 for his “priceless and immeasurable contributions to society” and “great energy and commitment to equality and the protection of the innocent and for his outstanding service to the Atlanta community and the citizens of Georgia.”
The Georgia General Assembly’s homage to Larry that day also showed how important his contributions were stating that “For the past 40 years, Larry Platt has given of himself in service to the people of the City of Atlanta, the State of Georgia, and the nation…Larry Platt merits the highest recognition for his many valuable contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and his dedication to the struggle for equality and human rights.”
Platt’s list of contributions began at the mere age of 16 as a crusader for the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia back in the 60s. Though he may not be an actual general, he received the ”General” nickname from an impressed influential civil rights leader Reverend Hosea Williams for his courage and valiance. He was also a student of Martin Luther King Jr while he worked with activist groups like the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight racial segregation in the South and endured beatings while participating in the “Bloody Sunday” protest march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama.
What’s even more inspiring is that the General has continued his community activist work up till now. He works alongside a volunteer organization set up to find missing children in the Atlanta area called the United Youth Adult Conference and fights public foreclosures.
We are in awe. We hope other people remember this too while listening to Pants On The Ground. The song does take the seriousness out of his activism background, doesn’t it?