Tag Archives: Civil Rights Movement

BOOKS / Paul Buhle : ‘Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder’

Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder:The Jack O’Dell Story By Paul Buhle / The Rag Blog / May 31, 2011 [Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O’Dell, edited by Nikhil Pal Singh (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010), Hardcover; 298 … Continue reading

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Tony Platt : My Friend Betita Martinez

Betita Martinez. Photo from SF Gate.‘The heart just insists’:My friend Betita Martinez As the daughter of a dark-skinned immigrant from Mexico City and a blue-eyed North American, she felt racism in the air, ‘but I did not have words for … Continue reading

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Terry Townsend : John Coltrane and the Jazz Revolution

Trane photo used on jacket of The John Coltrane Quartet: Visit to Scandanavia. Image from Seattle Blogs.‘A force which is truly for good’:John Coltrane and the jazz revolution By Terry Townsend / October 7, 2010 “You can play a shoestring … Continue reading

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David McReynolds : Glenn Beck’s Faux Dream

The great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963. Photo by Warren K. Leffler / U.S. News & World Report / Wikimedia Commons.Remembering August 28th:Martin Luther King had a real dream By David McReynolds / The Rag … Continue reading

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Harvey Wasserman : Honor Dr. King and Bring the Troops Home Now

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with President Lyndon Johnson in the White House, March 1966. Photo by Yoichi Okamoto / Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.Honor Dr. Martin Luther King: Bring the troops home NOW! By Harvey Wasserman / The … Continue reading

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Dick J. Reavis : The Conspiracy in the Attic

Above, Dick Reavis now. Photo from San Antonio Current. Below, Dick Reavis then, in 1966 demonstration by Sexual Freedom League on University of Texas campus. Montage image scanned from The Daily Texan.The conspiracy in an Austin attic:My first rad-confab I … Continue reading

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Rabbi Arthur Waskow : Sherrod, Obama, and Preemptive Surrender

Waving the white flag.Shirley Sherrod, Barack Obama,And the policy of preemptive surrender By Rabbi Arthur Waskow / The Rag Blog / July 27, 2010 In one week of the Sherrod Saga, America recapitulated the whole history of racism since the … Continue reading

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Tom Hayden : Sherrod, Obama, and the Strength of Roots

Charles Sherrod and Carl Braden (a civil rights legend, along with his wife Anne), in 1963. Photo from Wisconsin Historical Images. Collective amnesia The media have been silent about Shirley Sherrod’s husband, Charles Sherrod, a real hero to many of … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Dick J. Reavis : Bruce Watson’s ‘Freedom Summer: The Savage Season…’

But his take is a bit romantic…Bruce Watson’s Freedom Summer a page turner By Dick J. Reavis / The Rag Blog / July 16, 2010 [Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, by … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Jonah Raskin : ‘Mockingbird’ is Muddleheaded and Superficial

First edition image from Manhattan Rare Books.To Kill a Mockingbird turns 50:Harper Lee’s muddleheadedNovel for white liberals By Jonah Raskin / The Rag Blog / July 13, 2010 This summer, literate Americans are feting the 50th anniversary of the publication … Continue reading

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Amy Goodman : In Praise of Lena Horne

Singer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne died this week at 92. Photo by Cinetext / Sportsphoto Ltd / Allstar.She fought segregation, McCarthyism:Singing Lena Horne’s praises By Amy Goodman / May 13, 2010 ‘Mississippi wanted its movies without me. … Continue reading

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BOOKS / Progressive Giants : Celebrating Paul Robeson and Anne Braden

Two books about two progressive giants:Celebrating Paul Robeson and Anne Braden By Harry Targ / The Rag Blog / March 25, 2010 The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my … Continue reading

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