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  •  thanks again, kainah (1+ / 0-)
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    kainah

    You have detailed and linked so many incidents that go into the fabric of those times, times which still speak to us today, in light of current events.

    If I may share one memory of how the events at Kent State shaped the political dialogue:

    Dick Gregory spoke at Hiram College, about 20 miles north of Kent, some weeks after May 4th, an event I attended, along with other witnesses to the shootings.  His speech, a brilliant history lesson, culminating in Kent State, was cheered and applauded by the mostly student audience.

    The following year, at the first May 4th Memorial on the Kent State campus, Dick Gregory was the invited keynote speaker.   To an audience of over 7500 students, faculty and townspeople, he once again used the shootings as a history lesson.  At one point in his address, he was interrupted by a woman in the audience, who screamed at him, "Can't you say one good thing about America?"

    After a pause while the audience jeered her remark, he ad-libbed one of the greatest heckler comebacks I've ever heard of.  His reply went on for minutes, building in emphasis and intensity.  When he finally finished, the ovation was overwhelming.  

    Rounder Records recorded that speech, and it still may be available.  Like this current installment of your Kent State Diary, highly recommended.

    Thanks again, and I look forward to more from you.

    That's how it is on this bitch of an earth. Samuel Beckett, "Waiting for Godot"

    by ohiojack on Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 12:59:40 PM PDT

    •  I think I've heard it (0+ / 0-)

      As I was reading your comment, I kept thinking it sounded familiar. But I really didn't let myself get involved with Kent for a couple years -- I guess my heart knew it would drag me in and hold me and not let go. So 1971 would have been too early for my involvement. But it sounded so familiar ... the Rounder Records recording is undoubtedly the answer. I have several records around with Kent State stuff on them but I'm not sure my turntable even works anymore.

      Anyway, thanks for reminding me.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Tue Jun 06, 2006 at 02:13:46 PM PDT

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