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St. Peter's AME honors Four Tops' "Duke" Fakir

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duke fakir and rev. nazim fakim - image 93Abdul "Duke" Fakir, founding member of the legendary Motown group, the Four Tops, was recently honored by St. Peter's AME Church, 401 E. 41st St., Minneapolis, with a Living Legend award.

Fakir, father of St. Peter's AME Church pastor, the Rev. Nazim B. Fakir, is a 60-year entertainment veteran.

"My dad, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, the sole remaining original member of the Four Tops, is considered entertainment royalty in Detroit and many parts of the world. Having that influence while growing up really opened up the world to me and broadened my thinking as it relates to what is possible to achieve in life. At age 78 he's still working, and doing what he loves," said Nazim Fakir.

Abdul Fakir was recognized for his work as an entertainer and inspiration for young musicians and music lovers across America and around the world. The elder Fakir posed for pictures, signed autographs and described what it was like being a member of the Four Tops during a recent event sponsored by the church. He said that while his mother did not want him to "sing the devil's music," he had a dream that singing was going to be his life's work. Now, six decades later, the make they called Duke is still living that vision and wowing audiences around the world.

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