It has been almost one week since the death of "The Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown. Students from MacFarland Middle School in Petworth are already creating a masterpiece in his honor. They have taken over the giant outside wall at Sweet Mango Cafe on Georgia Avenue.
"When we proposed the idea to them, the answer wasn't 'Yes.' It was 'When are you going to get started?'" says teacher and artist Charles Jean-Pierre.
And it wasn't long before the speakers were set up - blasting Chuck Brown tunes and the paintbrushes were dancing.
"At my age, 55, I can still get on that dance floor and do what I do with him because he used to bring happiness to whatever crowd he had. You could not sit still with him," says neighbor William Nathan Ramey as he admires the mural.
The students committed five hours to the project on Friday night and finished up Tuesday. Their mural is based on a photo by Darrow Montgomery.
Passersby stopped to snap photos. The kids say they like Chuck Brown's music and they feel like they are doing something for the community by creating this work of art.