singing for justice past & present

emmett trayvon[2]This week’s program falls on August 28. It’s the anniversary of the great civil rights March on Washington (1963), and the murder of 14 year old Emmett Till because he whistled at a white woman in Mississippi (1955). Sacco & Vanzetti, Italian immigrant anarchists, were executed on August 23 (1927). Michael Brown was laid to rest on August 26 in Missouri.  The anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage was marked a few days ago—and Labor Day is celebrated a few days from now.

So tune in for a collage of songs that are appropriate for these convergences. The central theme was spoken  by Ella Baker and sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Until the killing of black men, black mothers’ sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother’s son… We who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens”.

culture of protest thurs 8/28/14 6 pm pdt kcsb