Dahleen Glanton, writing in the Chicago Tribune, uses the death of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth to examine the idea that teaching about the American civil rights movement has been reduced to: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and “I have a dream.”
What is most troubling is that a half-century down the road from the events of the 1960s, there is a misconception among some that the movement was happenstance and that King almost single-handedly put the country on a different track.
No disrespect to King, whose charisma and fearless leadership provided the backbone of the movement. But the civil rights movement was a cumulative effort involving thousands of people from all walks of life.
The Eames House in Pacific Palisades will be open for a fundraiser on Saturday while the living room is on display at LACMA, and Rudolph Schindler’s Lovell Beach House will be open Sunday, also for a fundraiser. Lisa Boone at The Times’ L.A. at Home blog.
A new book and report on “60 Minutes” challenges the idea that Vincent Van Gogh committed suicide. Mike Boehm in The Times Culture Monster.
(Could it have been yet another crime by Dr. George “Evil Genius” Hodel, L.A.’s version of Professor Moriarty, who purportedly committed every famous unsolved killing in the U.S. for decades, invented the Edsel, introduced Classic Coke and discovered Milli Vanilli while the police did nothing because he knew: which city officials had the clap?)
Image: Art Along the Hyphen.
“Art Along the Hyphen,” a look at Latino art from the 1900s to the rise of the Chicano movement of the 1960s, opens at the Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The exhibit, part of the Pacific Standard Time festival, is a joint project called “L.A. Xicano” that includes exhibits at the Fowler Museum (“Icons of the Invisible” and “Mapping Another L.A.”) and LACMA (“Mural Remix.”)
Vicki Ruiz, dean of UC Irvine’s School of Humanities, will give the first in a series of lectures on women’s history, organized by supporters of the National Women’s History Museum in Washington. Jacqueline Trescott in the Washington Post.
“Why does Latino/a history matter?” asks Ruiz. “Contrary to media depictions of Latinos as people who arrived day before yesterday, there exists a rich layering of nationalities and generations throughout American history.” From carving out a community in St. Augustine in 1565 to fighting through the courts for civil rights after World War II, Spanish-speaking peoples have made history within and beyond U.S. borders, she explains.
The Museum also has a new online exhibit titled “Latinas in the New World.”