Wednesday, June 6, 2012

singing for our lives

Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.

 Marian Wright Edelman (b. 6 june 1939)  attorney & activist

later this year cleveland's historical west side market will celebrate its 100th birthday!  the centennial  celebration kicked off on saturday with a  party for the opening of the recently renovated market square park .  today's wall features the new mural that adorns the building on the western edge of the park   (click here for my slide show of some of saturday's festivities).

speaking of birthdays, today is  the birthday of my darling daughter -  happy birthday emma!!

in addition to emma and marian wright edelman, who as you probably  know is the founder of the children's defense fund and one of the leading activists for the world's children ,  another wonderful woman was born on this date - singer-songwriter and activist holly near.

today's song by holly is one of my favorite holly near songs.  i consider it one of the all time great anthems for the movement towards achieving social justice,  singing for our lives the song is also known as we are a gentle, angry people.

holly wrote the song on the night in 1978 that harvey milk and george moscone and were killed in san francisco. on writing the song holly said:

“The rage we felt after the assassinations was so powerful…and we had a choice at that moment, to fall prey to grief and rage, or to turn those emotions into a movement… Along with the sadness and the grief and the missing comes the excitement that we as human beings have the potential to change the world — again and again and again. And as I was riding to one of the demonstrations and vigils I began to write this very simple song. And you sang it, and sang it, and sang it.”


37paddington said...

happy birthday emma!

love the photo and the quote!


Watson said...

Happy Birthday Emma! Hope you have a spectacular celebration!

It looks like a grand time was had by all at the celebration. Thanks for sharing the photos.

karen said...

Happy birthday Emma. Enjoy your day.

I'm here singing Holly's song! Loved it. I'd never heard of her or the song until today...we can sure use it.

Hope you'll have fun celebrating your daughter's day.

karen said...

P.S. Enjoyed your photos of the festival...Cleveland looks so clean.

Megan said...

Happy birthday to the lovely Emma!

I remember that time in 1978. Not very clearly (I was nine) but I remember.