Passing Through (The Sixties)

Passing Through (The Sixties)

by Mr Robert E Maurer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523728275
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/21/2016
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Routine and stability were our family's by-word. How then did I become a radical in the mid-1960s?

The global headline during my eighth year was the outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula, but my own story in the summer of 1950 involved Little League baseball, and my first opposition to an authority figure. The same coach, whom I admired for three years, informed all his pitchers that, under no circumstance, could we play stickball because throwing a tennis ball would "ruin" our arms. I came to every game and practice, looking him in the eyes, knowing the thrill of improving my curveball during stickball games--and fearing discovery. I was introduced to what rebellion felt like.

In January 1967, after graduating Wesleyan University and as a graduate student at Union Theological Seminary, I was asked to meet Rev. Isaac Igarashi, director of Eastern Field Operations at the National Council of Churches. "Ike" had a job for me to do: organize a demonstration in support of F.I.G.H.T., an African-American community organization supported by the Rochester Council of Churches.

Having already become an anti-war and anti-apartheid activist in student-led movements(November 1965 and September 1966, respectively), I was now active in adult-led civil rights and economic justice movements.

One evening in early 1971, I sat alone in the office of a national magazine of which I was the editor. I thought about our extremely diverse staff, recruited to be authentic voices from varied backgrounds and life styles, but unable to work well collaboratively. I realized I had been both a creator of and a witness to the fissures, which became chasms, in these movements of "The Sixties."

In August 1971, I began to tell the story, as honestly as possible, about "Why" the student-led "Sixties" was imploding. The writing was suspended, but not the dream. Ten years ago, I started in earnest to write Passing Through (The Sixties).

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