Still dreaming after 50 years

Hey, all–

Today is the 50th anniversary of the epochal March on Washington. There are all kinds of things going on to commemorate this event and hopefully that will get us thinking and planning for all the work that still needs to be done.

source: Documented Rights,

Here are some links that might interest you.

The March’s 50th anniversary website. This is the “I was there” section. Some oral history.

Live updates, ABC News.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered that day.

Here is the text, if hearing is an issue.

About a minute and a half of Mahalia Jackson at the March. Her singing gives me chills. More info on her HERE.

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, PBS.

source: HRC

Rustin spent 60 years as an organizer and activist, and helped organize the March on Washington. He was also openly gay, and that forced him to stay in the background of the movement. This documentary reveals rare archival footage and interviews to provide a picture of Rustin’s work and life. More on that HERE.

Congressman John Lewis was there. He was the youngest speaker to address the massive crowd. Here he is on NPR today.
And here he is delivering his speech that day.

Check out this Twitter feed: @todayin1963, which is a really cool historical thing. They’re “live”-Tweeting the March (as if it’s actually going on today), using research from a variety of sources. They’re including links to archival footage, like when Peter, Paul and Mary took the stage and performed. Super cool stuff. actually has some good stuff, too. Check it out.

And check out NPR’s piece on a People’s History of the March.

This is a teachable moment, my friends. There are people still alive who remember that era, who remember that day. And no matter which side of the issue they supported, it was a pivotal and crucial time in our country’s history.

Let us all keep dreaming, friends. There is always work to do.

Best wishes to you on a Wednesday. Happy history-ing.

Time warps and writing

Hiya, peeps–

If you haven’t strolled down 80s lane with me and you’d like to, pop on over to Women and Words. Because I totally went on a nostalgia tour.

One of the comments over there mentioned Armistad Maupin’s work, and yes, I’ll concur. His first Tales of the City captured a particular era and community at a critical juncture in its history. I mentioned several movies that might have some of you walking down your own nostalgic road. Unless you were born AFTER the era, in which case, it’s a great historical lesson, especially if you want to set any of your writings in the 80s. 😀

And that led me to THIS thought. No interwebs, no smart phones (and very few mobile phones), not much by way of cable TV, VHS, and satellite TV dishes nearly the size of the ones at the VLA. OMG how DID we survive? Easily. Because that’s how things were. Those of us who came of age in that era are thus immigrants to the digital world, as opposed to the younger generations who were born into it/with it. Those folks don’t know what it is to NOT have the interwebs and mobile/smart phones. So think about how technology and what’s available figures into plots and characters.

Here’s what I mean by that.

So that’s how a jog down memory lane made me think about writing.

Happy weekend!


Hi, all–

Happy belated Cinco de Mayo! Anyway, I’ve been thinking about history (which is okay — I’m a historian, so I’m not practicing history without a license hee hee). And I’m thus going to direct you to my blogpost over at Women and Words today, which will show you the direction my ponderings took. It has to do with Pride season, just as a heads up.

Happy Friday!