|Robert Kennedy campaigning in Los Angeles, courtesy of the Austin American-Statesman.|
In these challenging times, when current events are so vivid and tense, we seek out historians, writers, and thinkers to help us understand the connection between past and current events. Here are some recent articles and exhibitions that have helped us understand the historic antecedents to last week’s horrific events. See, as we do, some glimpse of how leaders from yesteryear have healed some wounds, made some measures of progress, and lived the change they wished to see in America:
- Jeff Gua, “In an era of Black Lives Matter protests, history offers a powerful lesson,” Washington Post, July 10, 2016
- Larry Tye, “Will America listen now like it did in 1968?”, Austin American-Statesman, July 12, 2016
- 1968, the Exhibition
- Take This Hammer: Art + Media Activism From The Bay Area
- Maurice Isserman, “Commentary: Believe it or not, 1968 was worse,” Reuters, July 12, 2016
- Libby Nelson, “’We’ve progressed and I don’t see it stopping’: why 1968 was still much worse than 2016:, Vox, July 10, 2016
- David Graham, “The Second Amendment's Second-Class Citizens”, the Atlantic, July 7, 2016
- Amy Goodman and Gerald Horn "Historian: 'You Can't Disconnect History of the 2nd Amendment From the History of White Supremacy' via Democracy Now!, July 12, 2016.
It is not surprising that California is one of the major sites of these movements and events, and home to many of the people who carry them out. The history of our state is replete with stories of tragedy, harm, but also perseverance, and innovation,
Months ago, when we learned of Larry Tye’s new book “Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon” we invited him out to San Francisco for a talk and Q&A with our members. RFK was killed in Los Angeles, cutting short his life and his promising President campaign. At the time, we had no idea how relevant Tye’s work would be to current events. The event is planned for August 12. We’ll be there, looking to learn more about 1968, and trying to better understand the events of 2016. We hope you’ll join us.