Monday, May 31, 2010

Dancing In The Streets, 1964

The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 legally ending institutionalized racism.
If the Underground Railroad covertly communicated to their operatives through song, it's no wonder white folks believed this communication from Martha and the Vandells was a call to riot. There's white girls dancing in cages.

7 comments:

tnlib said...

Terrific video. Remember them well. Definately like your blog, so would love to have you on my blog roll.

Gail said...

Hey Texas-

Great video - I know it all so well - and great point - as always. :-)

Love you girl
Gail
peace.....

Vancouver Voyeur said...

Great song. I'm reading Ann Moody's _Coming of Age in Mississippi_ right now so my mind is focused on the Civil Rights era. It's a _really_ good book.

Teeluck said...

That video is fantastic

PENolan said...

tnlib - I'm all for anything that increases my technorati rating and google page rank.

Nice to meet you.

Gail and Teeluck: I hadn't ever seen this video until I went looking for the song. I'm more familiar with The Mamas & The Papas' version but was creeped out by what's his name the child molester.
Once I saw Martha and the Vandells, much fell into place.

Scares the hell out of teabaggers.

V.V., I look forward to hearing more about it.

Beach Bum said...

...white folks believed this communication from Martha and the Vandells was a call to riot.

Dear Lord, I remember the stories I heard the grownups tell each other of rumored "black uprisings" along with how black maids were going to poison white babies.

Even as a small kid I could almost taste the ignorance that flowed between these people, many members of my family.

PENolan said...

My family too -
I swear these people are so spastic about having a Black Man in the White House that they don't even notice the hole in the bottom of the sea.

I'm fixing to crash, but I'm coming back over to your place to finish the Argo story tomorrow. These report cards are wearing me out.

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