Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

It was a wild scene. The funerary second line for Big Chief Leonard Brooks of the Golden Spears started at My Redeemer Missionary Baptist Church and wound it’s way through Central City all the way to Gertrude Geddes Willis funeral home on Jackson Avenue.

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Black Masking Indians wore their finest handmade suits; dancing, chanting, and whooping as they promenaded alongside the horse-drawn casket of their chief.

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

The crowd bore nearly a thousand people who came out to celebrate the life of Big Chief Leonard Brooks.

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

You would be forgiven if you got the chills or the goosebumps as the ceremonial second line was nearly overwhelming from time to time.

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Grown men wept. Little kids danced madly and laughed. Teenagers played ad hoc musical instruments, and dancers young and old cavorted wildly along the avenues.

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Here’s what we saw:

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

Big Chief Leonard William Brooks of the Golden Spears Tribe Memorial Celebration

The releasing of the doves spelled the end of the memorial second line. The family filed into limousines to drive to Reserve where the Big Chief was to be laid to rest for eternity.

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