Saturday, August 31, 2013
March on Washington, 1963 and 2013
4:23 pm edt
The fiftieth anniversary
of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has drawn attention (for example, from NPR and the New York Times)
throughout August. My father participated in the 1963 march and returned to Washington for the commemorative
occasion on August 28.
reflected on the 1963 experience and its significance, in a Hartford Courant op-ed and a New York Times post, and in a local NBC TV story from D.C. this week.
my wife, children, and I were in D.C. last weekend, as mentioned in the August 25 post below.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Visiting the Lincoln and MLK Memorials
1:41 pm edt
Yesterday my family wasn’t marching, just strolling (and briefly
biking) around the National Mall. But we walked amid the anniversary marchers following their pilgrimage to the Lincoln and King memorials on Saturday – and we previewed that march on Friday.
It was the first time my wife and children had seen the Lincoln Memorial, and the first time any of us had seen the
new King Memorial.
the Lincoln Memorial, I read my children the inscribed Gettysburg Address and told them of the July 1863 battle that Lincoln
recalled in his brilliant speech months later. We looked out over the reflecting pool (along which we had
just walked), to the Washington Monument and beyond. We imagined the scene fifty years ago, the speakers
on the steps and the crowd (which included my father) listening below.
At the King Memorial, among the powerful inscriptions of his words
are these from 1967, in the final months of his life: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical
rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and
this means we must develop a world perspective.”
Beyond evoking the legendary event of August 28, 1963, this weekend prompted my own
memories of three D.C. marches in which I participated from the late 1980s through mid-2000s – one for housing and two
for women’s lives. When my children grow a bit older and develop more endurance for sustained walking
and standing in crowds, I expect we will participate as a family in such a march. The need for collective
protest and affirmation will surely continue.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Historian Stephen Pitti on Families, Spanning Borders
7:24 am edt
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Guns and Domestic Violence
7:56 am edt
The relationship between
guns and domestic violence is in the news, as it too often is on the crime blotter.
At the bottom of a New Haven Independent article on legislation proposed by Connecticut’s U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, I
posted a comment containing various links.
Domestic violence has been a recurring topic on this blog, for example in a January 2012 (January 21) post.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
John Lawrence’s “DOMEocracy” on Government Secrecy
8:45 am edt
A March 2013 (March 9) post mentioned John Lawrence’s new blog, DOMEocracy. His latest observations, on “The Clandestine Congress,” as well as other historically
informed posts, are incisive.