Time Has Come Again
MORE THAN A SHOW, “THE BRIDGE” IS AN HONEST (MUSICAL) TELLING OF THE ONGOING, NEVER ENDING FIGHT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA.
The World Is A Ghetto
JAN 17, 2014 — Miami, Florida
The 21st Century Freedom Riders @ WLRN (Miami) Radio:
This performance (above), on Ed Bell’s “LIVE AT NOON” program, was the first time Allan and Doug had played together. After corresponding online, and one (remote) rehearsal, they met in Miami for this show, before their headlining Art Deco Weekend that Saturday. At WLRN, Allan and Doug were joined by drummer Keith Leblanc, alto saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr., and pianist Howie Schneider, who first met (and warmed up) minutes before the radio program. They had gathered to promote ART DECO WEEKEND (where they would play that weekend), the Miami Design Preservation League’s Annual Art, Music, and Food Festival on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach.
b/ Allan Harris
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (2015)
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
Pompano Beach, Florida
George Gershwin wrote the “PORGY AND BESS” ARIA in 1934, telling the story of a crippled street-beggar struggling to survive on Catfish Row, a black tenement in 1920s Charleston, South Carolina. “Porgy and Bess” was based on real-life, Charleston resident, Samuel Smalls.
n MANY “PORGY AND BESS” CHARACTERS SPOKE GULLAH, SMALL’S NATIVE LANGUAGE.
b/ Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday b/ William P. Gottlieb
Billie Holiday (1939)
The song (“Strange Fruit“) was written by Abel Meeropol, a white, Jewish school teacher in the Bronx, New York. Holiday was always uncomfortable singing the song, the lyrics being so sad and horrific. From the first time she sang it at Café Society, New York City’s first integrated nightclubs, in Greenwich Village, until the end of her career, Holiday wept whenever she sang it.
— Reg Lancaster
Change Is Gonna Come
b/ Allan Harris
Happy 50th Michelle Obama
n THE FREEDOM RIDERS — Civil Rights Activists who rode interstate buses (Greyhound/Trailways) into the segregated southern United States in 1961, and subsequent years, to protest (non-violently) the lack of Southern states not enforcing The United States Supreme Court decisions [ Morgan v. Virginia 1946 and Boynton v. Virginia 1960 ] that ruled segregated public buses were unconstitutional.
Southern states ignored the Supreme Court and the federal government had done nothing to enforce them.
MAY 04, 1961
THE FIRST FREEDOM RIDE LEAVES WASHINGTON, D.C.
MAY 17, 1961
SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE IN NEW ORLEANS.
May 1961 — Groups made up of young, white, often-Jewish Civil Rights activists and oppressed African Americans, rode Greyhound buses from New Jersey, south to New Orleans, throughout the South, and back north, up the Southeast coast, ending in Washington D.C.
Along the way, the Freedom Riders were often met by violent white segregationists, including local law enforcement, showing their defiance of recent Supreme Court rulings against segregated public transportation.
• 1961 — ALAN SHEPARD
I Have A Dream
b/ Martin Luther King
w/The Funk Brothers (Motown)
Photograph b/ James P. Blair
August 28, 1963 — Two years after the first Freedom Ride, and at the end of THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream“ speech, and called for voting rights, overall economic justice, and to end racism in the United States.
GREEN BOOK — Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes … The movie is named after the early ’60s guides published for black travelers in America’s segregated South. But its spin is all Hollywood. — Vox.com
1964 —“The Problem We All Live With”
b/ Norman Rockwell
The Homecoming, Tom Buttons & Cookies, Moved out of @ Bradley International (2005), Tom’s Buttons, Cookies,
For The Love of Cotton
Money In The South (Southern Currency)
No Matter Abraham Lincoln, Emancipation, and a first attempt at Reconstruction, The “United” States of America was almost a completely segregated (Black and White) country. It took more than one hundred years after the African American slaves had been “Free”d, after their Exodus North, away from the Anglo-Saxon men who believed themselves “superior,” and that their field workers and “house niggers” were “property” to be used, not human beings to be taken care of.
1976 — Alex Haley’s book, Roots: The Saga of an American Family., was adapted by ABC as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of black American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history. (ancestory.com)
Cross That River
Emancipation Day is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it is now celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States, with varying official recognition. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas.
TULSA RACE MASSACRE — OKLAHOMA
JUNE 1, 1921 — The Tulsa Massacre took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked Black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It has been called “the single worst incident of racial violence in American history.” The attack, carried out on the ground and from private aircraft, destroyed more than 35 square blocks of the district—at that time the wealthiest Black community in the United States, known as “Black Wall Street.”
On The Road (Beat Street)
Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac
March 12, 1922 / October 21, 1969
Jack Kerouac — An American novelist, who, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, was a pioneer of the Beat Generation.
Raised in a French-speaking home in Lowell, Massachusetts, Kerouac learned to speak English when he was six years old, and spoke with a marked French accent into his late teens. During World War II, Kerouac served in the United States Merchant Marine, when he completed his first novel, The Sea Is My Brother, which wasn’t published until forty years after his death. Kerouac’s first published book, The Town and the City, went mostly unnoticed … I wasn’t until his second novel, On the Road, that he achieved his widespread fame and notoriety.
On the Road
b/ Jack Kerouac
1957 — On the Road made Kerouac an American icon, the leader of the Beat Generation
— CBS (2015)
March 7, 1965 — On the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, march organizer, Georgia congressman John Lewis, who was assaulted and battered that day by Alabama State police officers, re-visited the bridge, and told the story to Bob Schieffer on CBS’ Face the Nation.
Spike Lee won his first Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. The iconic director was recognized in the category of best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman. Lee honored American slaves in his speech and made a call to action for the 2020 presidential election.
In his acceptance speech, Lee didn’t shy away from politics. “Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history,” he said. “Make the moral choice between love versus hate.
“Let’s do the right thing!”
The New York City filmmaker was previously nominated for two Oscars—Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls. He was also nominated for Best Director.
A documentary series about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America originally aired on the PBS network (1987). Created and executive-produced by Henry Hampton at the film production company Blackside, and narrated by Julian Bond. The series uses archival footage, still photographs, and interviews of participants and opponents of the movement. The title of the series, which is used to open each episode, is derived from the folk song “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.”
Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years 1954–1965 — The time between the United States Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education (1954) to the Selma to Montgomery Marches of 1965.(Six episodes, aired January 21 to February 25, 1987.
Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985 — The time between the national emergence of Malcolm X during 1964 to the 1983 election of Harold Washington as the first African-American mayor of Chicago. (Eight episodes, aired January 15 to March 5, 1990)
@ The Pompano Beach Community Center
Pompano Beach, Florida ((audio))
2015 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
THE BRIDGE (COMPLETE POMPANO BEACH PERFORMANCE)
• “Back In The U.S.A.”
Abraham, Martin, and John
b/ Marvin Gaye That’s The Way Love Is (1970)
(original) b/ Dion DiMucci (1967)
Today, under assault by a white nationalist-controlled government, Civil and Voting Rights in America have never needed advocates more … Those who believe in the democratic way of life … Those who care about more than themselves … Those willing to stand up and fight back, for the underprivileged, the overlooked, the lonely, and the forgotten. Resistance is not enough, people must FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE.
“I Can See Clearly Now”
b/ Johnny Nash