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Readers sound off on Access-a-ride, Al Sharpton and John Ashbery

West Nyack, N.Y.: Although I can appreciate the respect that Rev. Al Sharpton expresses for Joe Jackson (“Joe Jackson dead at 89,” June 28), I feel an obligation to mention Alan Freed, Murray Kaufman, Dick Clark, and the other early DJs who helped to introduce “black music” to the masses and integrate the culture. When Sharpton proclaims that Joe Jackson pulled black music out of the “Chitlin Circuit,” he dismisses these pioneering DJs who risked their careers to bring it into the mainstream. I, for one, have not forgotten them. Steve Green

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