Category Archives: Civil Rights Mov.

Where’s the Revolutionary Punch? Richard Fariña’s Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me at 50

Mimi and Richard Fariña, at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965. “On May 23, 1958, Cornell University’s serene, gorge-encircled campus exploded in anarchic student demonstrations that presaged the widespread campus upheaval of the 1960s. Less disciplined and more inward-looking … Continue reading

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Langston Hughes

“James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1901– May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. One of the earliest innovators of the literary art form called jazz poetry, Hughes is best known … Continue reading

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CORE in Brooklyn: A Small Army on the Move (April 21, 1964)

“‘We have a hymn—Like a Mighty Army Moves the Church. Brooklyn CORE is not a mighty army. It’s a small army — but it moves.’ The speaker was the Rev. Dr. Milton A. Galamison, who vowed last summer never to … Continue reading

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Robert Penn Warren – Who Speaks for the Negro? (1965)

“In 1965, Random House published Robert Penn Warren’s book titled Who Speaks for the Negro? In preparation for writing the volume, Warren traveled throughout the United States in early 1964 and spoke with large numbers of men and women who … Continue reading

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Regina King – One Night in Miami … (2020) Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Sam Cooke

“Regina King’s feature-film directorial debut, One Night in Miami . . . (2020), persuasively envisions an astonishing true-life convergence of Black heroes at a portentous mid-twentieth-century juncture in American life. In doing so, the movie brings forth its own array of astonishments, not the … Continue reading

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When Martin Luther King Came to Harlem

“Less than a year before his assassination, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. came to Harlem. In the June 22, 1967, Village Voice, contributor Marlene Nadle observed the crowd anxiously awaiting the Baptist minister’s arrival: ‘Using programs folded accordion style instead … Continue reading

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The 1968 Kerner Commission Report Still Echoes Across America

Then Illinois governor Otto Kerner, left, and New York mayor John Lindsay report on the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders in October 1967. “A young African-American is killed by a white police officer in full view of others. Angry … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Making It: Pick up a spot welder and join the revolution.

Enthusiasts of the maker movement foresee a third industrial revolution. January 5, 2014: “In January of 1903, the small Boston magazine Handicraft ran an essay by the Harvard professor Denman W. Ross, who argued that the American Arts and Crafts … Continue reading

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Students for a Democratic Society

“Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was a national student activist organization in the United States during the 1960s, and was one of the principal representations of the New Left. Disdaining permanent leaders, hierarchical relationships and parliamentary procedure, the founders … Continue reading

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