Monthly Archives: November 2013

Gettysburg Address not possible today

America recently marked the sesquicentennial of a landmark speech delivered by a president who served during arguably the nation’s worst period. The Gettysburg Address was delivered in less than 10 minutes on Nov. 19, 1863 by a rangy politician by the name of Abraham Lincoln. He spoke the words — all 269 of them — […]

Crossing the river one more time

PBS has taken viewers on an incredible journey for the past several weeks. It’s been highlighted in a series examining the history of African Americans. The next installment of the extraordinary series airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Panhandle PBS. “Many Rivers to Cross: It’s Nation Time (1968-2013)” examines class disparity within the African American […]

Friday the 22nd, then and now

I’m sure this isn’t an original thought, but I’ll toss it out there anyway. Fifty years ago Friday, the president of the United States was shot to death in front of a school book warehouse in Dallas. That event, Nov. 22, 1963, was on a Friday as well. That gives the half-century commemoration a touch […]

‘Many Rivers to Cross’ takes another step

African-Americans fought bravely during World War II to protect their country from the evils of tyranny. Then they came home and discovered that their beloved America didn’t always love them back. “African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (1940-1968)” takes another step on the journey of Americans who found themselves still struggling for equality. The latest […]

‘Who was Lee Harvey Oswald?’

He was a loner and an avowed Marxist. He wanted to defect to the Soviet Union. He admired Fidel Castro. He was a former U.S. Marine who was kicked out of the Corps with a less-than-honorable discharge. This young man also was accused of shooting the president of the United States to death and seriously […]

A new ‘Game Change’ to be discussed

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are two of the smartest political analysts around. They wrote the book — quite literally — on the 2008 presidential campaign. They called it “Game Change,” and it became the subject of a movie and provided grist for commentators all across the country. It picked apart Barack Obama’s election to […]

American Experience broadcast lives on

As we continue to look back at one of the 20th century’s darkest episodes, I feel compelled to remind folks that an outstanding public television broadcast chronicling the life and death of, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States is online and available for viewing whenever you want to see it. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/jfk/player/ […]