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Wednesday, September 13, 2006


"Much of the public activity of the Black Panthers was biult around highly dramatic stylized confrontations, often involving guns and the police" - p.42

"I want to outline here a three stage evolution of 'black power dramtics' from the dramatic speeches of Malcom X, to the plays of Amiri Baraka to the real life dramatic actions of the Black Panthers"- p.46

Black Panthers


One story that I found interesting about the Black Panther Party came on a global scale and reached many more viewers than the protest on the capitol steps of Sacramento. IN 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in the symbol of Black Power at the awards ceremony in the 1968 summer Olympics in Mexico City. (Click on Link to view photo)
Smith and Carlos were both teamates at San Jose St and had a suggestion from their friend Harry Edwards to join together with other Black Athletes and boycott the games. Edwards formed the Olympic project for Human Rights (OPHR) which gained many support from black athletes but never materialized into an official boycott. Smith and Carlos though secretly planned a peaceful protest for the Olympics
Tommie Smith(Gold medal) and John Carlos (bronze) were about to hear the national anthem for the United States for the 200m dash. When the national anthem started to play both rasied their clenched fists symbolizing black power and bowed their heads.
Smith raised his right hand to represent black power in America and Carlos raised his left hand to represent black community and unity. Thier black scarf represented black pride and their black socks with no shoes represented black poverty in america.
After the protest the Olympic commity banned them from the olympic village and suspended them from the national team. Smith and Carlos even recieved death threats on themselves and their families. Also interesting story is the silver medalist in the race Peter Norman, of white color from austrialia participated in the protest by wearing a OPHR badge.
These actions of civil disobedience from these athletes were brave but more importantly sent a important message to hundreds of people around the world. It wasn't as tearifying as marching up to sacramento with guns but it still had the same message and intensity. This protest made the world confront the issues of African americans and sent a strong message to all that witnessned it.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


Music has become such a big part of our lives, right now and in the past. Music can be a symbol for a generation or a period of our history. Take the Vietnam War and all of the songs that one would acciociate with that period of unrest like Jimi Hendrix. We use music everyday to fill time or enjoy it to relax. Music has the power to inspire us by its lyrics or enable us to go crazy on the dancefloor and sing along with thousands of people. For my song I chose You Never Know by Dave Matthews Band.
The reason I picked this song because I love its message on how to live life and let it not pass you by. I really conected to the words of this song especailly the chorus which says "But Rushing around seems whats wrong with the world-Don't lose the dreams inside your head-They'll only be there til you're dead-Dream" I love this quote because I think it is saying don't give up your integrety and goals in life just to do what society and other people want you to do. I think it is also saying never give up on your dreams and you should persue them to at least say you tried. I think this is a good motto to live by because life goes by quickly and you should live life to its fullest.
Another line I like says"Don't let the troubles in your head-Steal to much time-You'll soon be dead-So Play". I like this line because life will piss you off many times but you can't dwell on the bad times but have fun and forget about your troubles.

I posted the Lyrics below

you never know By: Dave Matthews Band

Sitting still as stone watching - watching
People walking by you wondering why
No one ever stops to talk or thinks about it – if they ever did
What if God shuffled by?

One day we might see
Doing not a thing
Breathing just to breathe
We might find some reason

But rushing around seems what’s wrong with the world
Don’t lose the dreams inside your head
They’ll only be there til you’re dead

Lying on the roof counting
The stars that fill the sky I wonder if
Someone in the heavens looking back down on me –
I’ll never know

So much space to believe
Funny when you’re small
The moon follows the car
There’s no one but you see
Hey, the moon is chasing me

I worried if I looked away she’d be gone
Don’t lose the dreams inside your head
They’ll only be there til you’re dead

Walking through the wood
No cares in the world
The world has come to play
She’s all mine just for a day

There’s not a moment to lose in the game
Don’t let the troubles in your head
Steal too much time you’ll soon be dead
So play

All fall down
It won’t be so long now
Out of the darkness comes light like a flash
You think you can you think you can
Sometimes that is the problem
Dream little darling dream

Spinning on the wind
The leaf fell from the limb

But everyday should be a good day to die
Oh all fall downIt won’t be too long now
Every fire dies
I find it hard to explain how I got here
I think I can I think I can
Then again I will falter
Dream little darling dream

Spinning on the wind
The leaf fell from the limb