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Decade of Change
Some historical times seem to cry out for change. Things have been
going so badly that something needs to be done. Change has been a
theme of the current presidential campaign. Both political parties
recognize the need for it after a series of lies and scandals, dire
economic news and menacing weather. Our resources, capacity
and ingenuity have been strained.
The same thing happened in the 1960s. There was the very bloody
Vietnam War, the first war to invade the nationâ€™s living rooms.
There were the glaring inequities in this countryâ€”in the treatment of
African Americans and other minorities, of women and of youth. A
series of public figures were assassinated.
Iâ€™m a child of the 60s. I graduated from high school in 1961,
married in 1963, the year John Kennedy was assassinated. We
moved to California in 1965, the summer of the Watts Riots.
I graduated from college in 1967 while my husband Frank was on a
ship in the Gulf of Tonkin.
I was in graduate school in 1968 when Martin Luther King and
Robert Kennedy were assassinated.
We held our baby daughter Kathy in front of a neighborâ€™s TV to
see the first people walk on the moon in 1969.
Change is often a needed thing. Many people's lives have changed
for the better since the 1960s, including Barack Obama's, one of the
voices for change this year.
This month we look at a timeline of the 60s, four notable movies
from that decade, and Christian principles that were especially
embodied in some of its movements.
I'd love to hear your reactions to this website, as well as any
memories you may have of the 1960s. Just email me at b.