SHREVEPORT, La. -Shreveport's Mayor turns a page on a shameful chapter in the city's history.
Back in 1963 singer Sam Cooke performed at the Municipal Auditorium, Cooke made reservations at a Holiday Inn that was located at that time on North Market.
When he arrived at that hotel with his wife, brother, and manager they were turned around because they were black.
Saturday night at the 33rd Annual Let the Good Times Roll Festival Sam
Cooke's daughter Carla Cook performed singing some of her father's classics.
Mayor Adrian Perkins thought the night would be a good time to issue an apology on behalf of the City of Shreveport for the unfair treatment her father received nearly 60 years ago.
"A lot of people from the community actually reached out to us about it saying that hey this is a shameful part of our history, and we should acknowledge it. We looked into it, We reached out to the family to see how they felt about it, and the family was excited. We need to come to terms with our past so we can move forward in a positive way, so this is the beginning. Specifically with this, it's a beginning of a new relationship with the Cooke family," says Perkins.
Mayor Perkins also presented a key to the city to Sam Cooke's daughter in honor of her father