Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Charles Cobb, SNCC activist

Mr. Cobb was a field secretary for SNCC during the Civil Rights movement.  He appeared last year at a panel at Duke.

Now a professor at Brown.   Read more about him here.


Monday, August 22, 2016

A SNCC Member Remembers the March on Washington


Newspaper Boys Strike

Last night, I saw the touring production of Newsies, based on the strike initiated by newsboys in 1899 in New York.  Even though it was a fine production with acrobatic dancing, and wonderful music and staging,  the play trivializes history.  The play pictures the newsboys as strapping young men, while in reality, the real "newsies" were children.  Many were orphans.

The boys decided to strike when Joseph Pulitzer started charging  them 60 cents per bundle instead of 50 cents.  The increase was a sheer desire to capitalize on increasing the sale of newspapers during the Spanish American War (not, as depicted in the play, to make up for lost circulation due to the war's conclusion).

The real newsies were led by a boy nicknamed "Blink," because he was blind in one eye.  In the Disney version, the leader is sighted.  The strike ended when the newsies compromised with Pulitzer, setting the staging for future labor negotions.

In the play, Putlizer has a daughter Katherine, a reporter who falls in love with the newsies' leader.  Pulitzer did indeed have a daughter name Katherine, but she wasn't a reporter, and certainly did not fall for a newsboy.

The real story of the newsies would have made for a much more compelling, captivating play.  But what can you expect from Disney, which always puts its own spin on the real story.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

a beautiful piece -- by 10 for brass  wcpe   noon  fri  aug 12

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Three Kisses

Dad in his denim, mom in her sundress,
lean forward to kiss,
each other then their daughter
this family threesome
a benediction

Monday, August 8, 2016

Civil Rights era

Here is a 20 minute oral history from a civil rights veteran...she reflects on Emmett Till, the Black Panthers, Stokely Carmichael, and her own involvement in the movement


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Brookline trip

starting to plan my trip to Brookline....hmmm...Holiday Inn is too pricey.  Saved a few places on the Air b n b site and on Facebook/

then there is the Sewell Inn, the Bertram, and the Beacon...also need to call people i know in Brookline