March 9, 2014

Letter to Look Magazine

Thanks to Manny Solon for the following:

Below is my typed copy of my letter that was published in the “Letters To The Editor” section of the June 6, 1961 edition of Look magazine under the heading “Atlanta’s Battle Continues”. [ It was the lead letter in the section.  Their masthead stated " NOW MORE THAN 6,700,000 CIRCULATION', so it was my most read publication. :-).

A cousin of mine saw it in California and I or someone in my family saved the magazine. I received four replies addressed to me at the University Religious Council of which I was then president.  Two signed letters were positive and supportive, two were "negative" and unsigned. My original was edited and I have no idea if somewhere I have the original which said more about our efforts.

The article I was commenting on was about the efforts of African American students in Atlanta to integrate various institutions including restaurants. There were eight letters published and they were on both sides.

Sorry I just can't scan it and send it to you.

Manny

Atlanta's Battle Continues

Look is to be congratulated on its
excellent article The Second Battle of
Atlanta [ April 25 ].  I would like to
point out that the “battle” against
segregation is also going on in Austin,
Texas.  Here an organization of stu-
dents–Students for Direct Action– in-
situted a “stand-in” in December of
1960 in an effort to desegregate local
movie theaters….
The situation here in is significantly
different from that of Atlanta, as it
has been predominantly white stu-
dents ( from the University of Texas )
who have been taking part in these
demonstrations…. In order for us
to live up to our beliefs in American
democracy and our religious teach-
ings, we who believe segregation is
wrong must do our part to end it.
May the students in Atlanta con-
tinue to be an example and inspira-
tion for others, both Negro and white,
throughout the United States.
Emanuel Solon
University Religious Council
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

P.S. While typing this I noted – I think for the first time- that the six line letter below mine (also edited) Is “signed”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Atlanta, Ga.

March 8, 2014

More video

Right now, a rough cut is on YouTube of a video People’s History of Texas will be releasing about the Stand-Ins.

February 25, 2014

KLRU videos

You can find videos of Austin civil rights activists from the 1960s and 1970s here.

December 31, 2013

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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February 4, 2013

Classified ad

classified

Louis Leman’s unsuccessful run for Students’ Association president inspired this entry in the “Commified Ads” section of the May 17, 1961 Dilly Texanne. (Click image to enlarge.)

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February 2, 2013

Film criticism

review

This parody of Dave Helton’s Daily Texan film column “Scenically Speaking” refers to the Lutheran Student Association’s protest of the film Question 7 being shown at the segregated Texas Theater. (Click image to enlarge.) It appeared in the May 17, 1961 Dilly Texanne. Dave Crossley was editor of this issue of the Texanne.

February 1, 2013

‘Jabberwock’ parodied

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Chandler Davidson’s “Beware the Jabberwock” column appeared regularly in The Daily Texan. This parody appeared in the May 17, 1961 Dilly Texanne. (Click image to enlarge.)

January 31, 2013

More Dilly Texanne

SDA parody

This is from the front page of the Dilly Texanne published by the Texas Ranger staff May 17, 1961 (click image to enlarge). Chandler Davidson and the Students for Direct Action, satirized here, were among many civil rights demonstrators of the 1960s who heard the chant, “Two, four, six, eight! We don’t want to integrate!”

December 30, 2012

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.

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January 1, 2012

Austin library exhibit features stand-ins

From Chandler Davidson:

Mike Miller, manager of the Austin public library, sent me a letter thanking me for the stand-in documents I gave to the library, and informing me as follows:

“You may be interested in knowing that we will be able to use some of your materials in support of our upcoming exhibit, ‘The First Picture Shows: Austin’s Historic Movie Houses.’ We will have a section in the exhibit on Black Theaters in Austin that will include the story of the stand-ins.  The exhibit opens on March 20, 2012 and runs through August 19.”

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