Badin Passes Lou Donaldson Resolution

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( Scarbrough/) By Imari Scarbrough ( Scarbrough/) Email the author ( Published 9:45 am Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Badin Town Council unanimously passed a resolution honoring Badin native and jazz saxophonist Lou Donaldson Tuesday night.

The town raised the money last month to apply to the North Carolina Department of Transportation for a name change of a portion of N.C. Highway 740. The council hopes to rename it Lou Donaldson Boulevard.

The resolution celebrates Donaldson and publicly declares the town’s intention to rename the road.

Donaldson, also known as “Sweet Poppa Lou,” has received many awards throughout his career, including admission to the International Jazz Hall of Fame.

Donaldson “…has kept Badin, North Carolina, an active part of his private and professional life, serving in 2013 as Grand Marshal for the town’s centennial parade and returning through the years to perform for local audiences…,” according to the resolution.

In addition to noting his other achievements and aspects of his life, the document goes on to thank the musician “for his representation and ambassadorship of his hometown of Badin and for the joyously indelible effect he has had on those he encountered through the years.”…

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