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The title for this blog originated with use of the term “practical idealist” in this 1996 opinion piece, which asked: “To what kind of work should a practical idealist aspire?” A century and a half earlier, Emerson, in his 1841 essay Circles, wrote: “There are degrees in idealism.  We learn first to play with it academically. . . .  Then we see in the heyday of youth and poetry that it may be true, that it is true in gleams and fragments.  Then, its countenance waxes stern and grand, and we see that it must be true.  It now shows itself ethical and practical.”  John Dewey and Mahatma Gandhi embraced practical idealism in the 20th century, as did UN Secretary General U Thant.  Al Gore invoked it in a 1998 speech. In the context of this blog, the term is meant to convey idealism tempered but not overwhelmed by realism: a search for the ideal on a path guided by common sense.
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Sunday, August 28, 2022

March on Washington, 59 Years Ago

Today marks 59 years since the 1963 March on Washington, in which my father participated as a graduate student.

In August 2013, on the 50th anniversary, he returned for a commemoration, and reflected on the occasion--for example, in a New York Times post, short essay, and TV interview.  Earlier that month, my wife and I brought our young children for a different anniversary march and visit to sites including the Lincoln and MLK Memorials.

Surely the 60th anniversary in August 2023 will bring additional commemorations, and commitments continually to renew the pursuit of equity and justice.
4:15 pm edt 

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