Images: Not the Triumph But the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete by Amy Bass
Seminar: Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Voices: Mel White - gay activist and founder of Soulforce
This week brings us to the realm of social movements. We spoke to Mel White founder of Soulforce whose purpose is "freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance."
Mel White’s organization owes much to the Stonewall riots in 1969 Greenwich Village which sparked the national Gay Rights Movement. Stonewall details the context for and aftermath of the clash between gays and the police: “for Carter, the most audacious, energetic and enterprising of riot participants were the drag queens, homeless queer youths and other gender transgressors whose position on the farthest margins of society enabled their radical response to oppression. He ends appropriately with the emergence of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activist Alliance, as well as the first gay pride parade, held in June 1970. (From Amazon.com)
Through Not the Triumph But the Struggle, we touch on the Civil Rights Movement in the United States through the story of African Americans in sports.