Today a Democracy Now! special on the life, politics and music of Woody Guthrie, the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.” Born a hundred years ago on July 14, 1912, in Oklahoma, Guthrie wrote hundreds of folk songs and became a major influence on countless musicians, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs. While Guthrie is best remembered as a musician, he also had a deeply political side, speaking out for labor and civil rights at the height of McCarthyism.
a link to their stories and the stories of many other civil rights leaders: http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112391/civil_rights_leaders.htm
We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must undergo the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit-motives and property-rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism, are incapable of being conquered. America, the richest, most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way to this revolution of values.
“Who taught you to hate the texture of your hair?
Who taught you to hate the color of your skin?
Who taught you to hate the shape of your nose and the shape of your lips?
Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feet?
Who taught you to hate your own kind?
Who taught you to hate the race that you belong to so much so that you don’t want to be around each other?”