Civil Rights

Guns and their victims 0

March 2, 2000 – So Many Guns, So Many Thoughts And Prayers . . .

This day was about the aftermath of the shooting death of 6 year old Kayla Rolland, by a classmate who brought a loaded gun to school at Buell Elementary School in Michigan. It became the first such incident to take place at an elementary school (one which would be eclipsed...

Student Protest - 1969

February 1969 – San Francisco State Student Strike – State Of Protest In America – Past Daily Reference Room/Voices Of Protest

February 14, 1969 – Commonwealth Club Of California – Lecture by Leo McClatchy, San Francisco State College – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – History doesn’t preserve itself: Become a Patron! 1969 Student strikes. Protest over a myriad of issues. The decade would be ending in a flurry of confrontations and...

Egypt Protests - Arab Spring

January 25-February 11, 2011 – The Odyssey Of Tahrir – Arab Spring And The Ouster Of Mubarak –

January 25-February 11, 2011 – News Reports – interviews – eyewitness accounts – BBC -ABC (Australia) – CBC – Gordon Skene Sound Collection – January 25-February 11, 2011 – Ten years ago. Maybe not that far in the deep-distant past, but far enough to be able to look back and...

Abortion rights demonstration

January 22, 1973 – Roe v. Wade – Supreme Court Decision On Abortion

Forty-eight years ago today, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that made a Woman’s right whether or not to choose to have an Abortion a legal right. Prior to this time it was illegal for a doctor to perform an Abortion under any circumstances, and those Women who chose...

Dr. Martin Luther King

A Word Or Two From Dr. Martin Luther King – Youth And Social Action 1967 – Past Daily Reference Room:Birthday Edition

Today marks the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King. And so to commemorate his birthday, and to honor his memory and his work, here is one of a series of lectures Dr. King gave for the CBC in Canada in 1967. This one is Lecture #3: Youth And Social Action....

Emel - in session - RFI, Paris

Emel – In Session From Paris – 2020 – Past Daily Soundbooth – Rock Without Borders Edition –

Emel (Mathlouthi) in session for Club Side – Radio France International – December 30, 2020 – RFI, Paris – A short, but profound set from Tunisian/French singer/songwriter Emel, whose full name is Emel Mathlouthi. She is is best known for her protest song “Kelmti Horra” (“My Word is Free”), which...

January 11, 1944 – FDR -The Second Bill Of Rights -A State Of The Union In Wartime –

Recovering from a bad case of the Flu, President Roosevelt delivered the 1944 State of The Union address from the Oval Office, rather than in a Joint Session of Congress. The war had been going on for 3 years and the tide was turning in the Allies favor. It was...

January 7, 1957 – Cold War: Wages Of Fear – Dividends Of Discontent – The World According To January.

Change the names and the circumstances and this could just as easily be almost any recent year as it was this day in 1957. The Middle East; the perennial powder-keg, the threatened flashpoint where the world would be plunged into chaos. The divider between East and West. On this day...

America 1956

January 1, 1956 – Looking Ahead At A New Year – Is America Changing? Has It Changed? – Past Daily Reference Room.

1956 seems so deep in the distant past that to many, any discussion of it would be purely in the abstract. But 1956 was a pivotal year on many levels, and what went on during that year had repercussions for decades to come. 1956 was an election year; Eisenhower was...

Crisis: 1958 VP Nixon In South America

December 29, 1958 – Years Of Crisis – 1958 – Recapping A Year In The Life.

Since we’re rapidly (and thankfully) approaching the end of 2020, the somewhat pained looks back at the year start now. But rather than mull over 2020 here (since everyone else will do a better job anyway), today we’re going to start with the goings-on that shaped 1958. Oddly, a  year...