Friday, June 5, 2015
From the Smithsonian: "Asian and Pacific Americans make up more than 5% of the U.S. population, over 17 million people—and those numbers are growing. Their ancestral roots represent over 50% of the world, extending from East Asia to Southeast Asia, and from South Asia to the Pacific Islands and Polynesia." The Asian Pacific American Story The Asian Pacific American Story - http://sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibits/asianPacificAmericans/index.htm
The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders - Opening Program
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Racism and people's hatred may be healed.
This is a true story about a world traveled musician changing the lives of Klansman.
Photo from Daryl Davis, story by Rebecca Savastio published on line at http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/kkk-member-walks-up-to-black-musician-in-bar-but-its-not-a-joke-and-what-happens-next-will-astound-you/#ELL6pI9i9HGSH8k8.99 Fair Use for non-profit Race Relations education and news reporting.
"Daryl Davis is no ordinary musician. He’s played with President Clinton and tours the country playing “burnin’ boogie woogie piano” and sharing musical stylings inspired by greats like Fats Domino, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. He’s a highly respected and electrifying performer who is currently an integral member of The Legendary Blues Band (formerly known as the Muddy Waters Band,) and he rocks the stage all over the nation...It was 1983 and Davis was playing country western music in an (informally) all-white lounge. He was the only black musician in the place and when his set was over, a man approached him."
At the stories end, Davis tells Ms. Sevastio - “When two enemies are talking they’re not fighting.”
The rest is history, please read more about this marvelous story about people and how music truly soothes the soul. Story link at: http://guardianlv.com/2013/11/kkk-member-walks-up-to-black-musician-in-bar-but-its-not-a-joke-and-what-happens-next-will-astound-you/#ELL6pI9i9HGSH8k8.99
Daryl Davis's Book
Info on Davis's book from Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Klan-Destine-Relationships-Black-Mans-Odyssey/dp/0882822691
Music of Daryl Davis, oh man, he makes the keys sing.
Changing the Klan