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Block party attempts world record breaking Soul Train line

DENISHA MCKNIGHT | 8/16/2016, 8:59 a.m.
As part of a celebration of family and community, people of all ages and races came together on June 30 ...
Young members of Tha Bucketheads, a local band with children ages 3 to 18. Dianne Gibson and Achieve PR

The Dallas Examiner

As part of a celebration of family and community, people of all ages and races came together on June 30 to break the world record for the longest Soul Train line recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The record-breaking effort took place during the Dallas County Community Block Party, held free for the public at Southwest Center Mall.

“With all that’s going on with Freddie Gray and the Dallas police shooting, we need to unify the community,” said Denita Lacking-Quinn, president of Achieve PR.

In order to break the record, the city needed to beat Arizona’s 2014 record, which had a Soul Train line consisting of 426 participants. Event organizers Lacking-Quinn, Dianne Gibson and Terry Allen hoped to gather at least 500 local residents for the family fun cause.

“[This] is a good family-oriented event,” said Gaytha Davis, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s deputy district director. “Anytime we can do things in the community to bring people together in a wholesome environment is a great opportunity.”

The entertainment highlight was a live performance by Tha Bucketheads, a local band comprising children ages 3 to 18 from low-income areas.

The audience seemed to marvel as the group performed War Cry – a passionate performance in which the band struck their drumsticks against large red buckets, with some of the children performing blindfolded.

“When we beat on these buckets, we are beating for change,” said Tammy Walker, Bucketheads frontwoman and manager. “We are beating for education … justice, and we are beating for that one lost child out there.”

The block party also offered face painting and food from various truck vendors.

Lacking-Quinn didn’t reach her goal. Nonetheless, everyone grabbed a partner and danced down the Soul Train line to celebrate the moment. About 30 people danced for an hour to modern hip-hop and R&B hits. The longer the dance session, the more people started breaking off from the traditional Soul Train format as up to six people moved down the line in groups.

The energy of the party rose as a petite woman in a pink afro wig, a gold jacket garnishing a Soul Train logo, and purple pants with “Tic Tac” printed across the back made her way to the line. The woman shuffled from side to side to the rhythm of the music before ripping her pants off and unveiling yellow tights with “Boom!” in bold purple letters across the back.

The crowd’s faces lit up and were instantly flushed with laughter at the woman’s quick clothing change and joyous spirit, closing the event on a positive note.

“This is just another avenue for the community, and that’s what it’s all about. And if I have to do this again next year, I will,” Lacking-Quinn said.