In May 2011, PBS will be premiering the film Freedom Riders. Featuring testimony from Riders themselves, state and federal government officials, and journalists who witnessed the Rides firsthand, the two-hour documentary is based on Raymond Arsenault’s book Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. As the Freedom Riders website notes:
This month, celebrate holiday traditions, go beyond C.S. Lewis’s famous wardrobe, relive Pearl Harbor, learn more about George Washington’s Christmas boat ride across the Delaware, celebrate Emily Dickinson’s birthday, and travel back in time to the City of Light in the first part of the last century.
For those in the United States, anyway. For the rest of you, Happy Week Like Any Other! In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d list a few things I’m thankful for:
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office announced three new traveling exhibits focusing on Jewish artists who have contributed to the culture of America and the world through their lives and work. Public, academic and special libraries, including museum libraries and Jewish community centers are invited to apply by January 24, 2011, by visiting the traveling exhibitions’ homepage.
Scene from We Shall Remain episode 1, “After the Mayflower”
This month, EDSITEment celebrates the Mexican Revolution Centennial and Native American History Month. It also offers Civil War lesson plans in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and, in time for Thanksgiving, a resource for Plymouth Colonial history and archeology.
In retrospect, it was an audacious undertaking.
The African American historical journey is characterized by a commitment to engaging in the work of freedom, while remaining focused on service of self and community. Each rung on liberation’s ladder has been forged by a collective handhold which grasps elusive promises and boldly builds toward tomorrow.
In 1876, fewer than fifty years after the first railroad lines were laid in North America, Walt Whitman composed a poem—“To a Locomotive in Winter”—that captured the power and energy of the train, the machine that Whitman hailed as the “Type of the modern—emblem of motion and power-pulse of the continent.” The images in Picturing America suggest ways in which the railway transformed the American landscape and helped determine where settlements and industry would develop.
Images from the Picturing America collection celebrate scenic as well as man-made wonders—those carved by the forces of nature and those crafted by human ingenuity. Some also suggest the ways in which human experience is shaped, even defined, by place.
Jewish history is, in many ways, a history of encounters with neighbors, and the story of the Jewish neighbor is, in turn, a story of the wider world. But if the Jewish experience has been in some ways exceptional, the experience finds ready parallels in those of other peoples—especially in contemporary America.