I have a shocking revelation to make. (Be seated, please.)
Even though I grew up in the South, I never once attended a high school football game. I had no interest whatsoever, although we did have pep rallies in the gym that were so loud my ears rang with tinnitus afterward.
The only high school football game I ever attended prior to last night was 10 years ago in Texas, where football is the sport of the gods, er, God. I was impressed. Even the sexy cheerleaders looked professional.
If it hadn’t been for some co-workers who told me that “half the people who go to the games do so because of the marching band” I wouldn’t have been remotely interested. But I love marching bands. I love the exciting beat of the bass drums. I loved the movie “Drumline.” I loved the black school band in the Mardi Gras parade in LaPlace, Louisiana, whose drumbeats were echoed in Paul Simon’s later collaboration with Brazilian musicians’ samba beats. Read the rest of this entry »
To honor the August 28, 1963 March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, two civil rights icons spoke on the civil rights movement Tuesday in the state capitol in Atlanta.
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, who helped Dr. King establish the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and U. S. Congressman John Lewis, former head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1963-66), spoke about that day 49 years ago when they weren’t sure who would show up for the March, and then were overwhelmed by the enormous crowds. Read the rest of this entry »