Civil Rights-Jazz document, 1963

Prior to tomorrow's inauguration, the New York Times (and I suspect many other publications) has focused in many columns, book reviews and reports on Barack Obama's election as a turning point in the U.S.'s movement towards full civil rights for all people. The entertainment section makes the case for movies having led the way to our first not-completely- "white"-identified President. I maintain that the jazz community was in the forefront of the civil rights movement, and remains in the lead for demonstrating how all-inclusive meritocracies … [Read more...]