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Bill Cosby Attends Ben’s Chili Bowl For Restaurant’s 55th Anniversary

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Bill Cosby loves his chili, especially when it comes from Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Washington D.C.

The iconic comedian has been visiting the restaurant for decades and he was in attendance this week when Ben’s Chili Bowl celebrated its 35th anniversary.

Cosby moderated the event, which was attended by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor Vincent Gray, former Mayor Marion Barry and D.C. United player Chris Pontius, and also spoke at the event.

Cosby said of owner Virginia Ali: “Ben’s Chili Bowl—not only a place to come and visit, meet your friends, but a place of humanity. That’s what that philosophy has always been about.”

Politico notes that Ben’s Chili Bowl was a major landmark during the civil rights movement. The March On Washington was planned over a bowl of chili and the restaurant was one of the only places to remain open during the riots that followed Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968.

Ali said: “I remember people coming into the Chili Bowl, having something to eat before going to the march… I remember the enthusiasm of many people about going down there to march for equal rights and jobs.”

Here’s a video of Virginia Ali at her 55th anniversary party.

reports that Bill Cosby has been a fan of Ben’s Chili Bowl since it opened in 1958.

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4 Responses to “Bill Cosby Attends Ben’s Chili Bowl For Restaurant’s 55th Anniversary”

  1. Rick Pahler

    How nice he does so much for Diversity…Look at all the white folks in attendance!

  2. Rick Pringle

    Your facebook page speaks volumes regarding your sense of diversity. Looking at the many people of color included in your social circle.

  3. Dayton Crabtree Sr.

    FANTASTIC…. As I have said for decades… all we have to do is show and ACT WITH RESPECT and KINDNESS to any and ALL of us… racism NEVER WAS or IS a part of my life and NEVER WILL BE… Thank GOD my mom and dad.

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