While attending the first Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square 40 years ago, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and influential jazz artist Duke Ellington spontaneously led a brass band and crowd of second-line revelers on a parade through the festival grounds.
Being a product of the Delaware school system, I can't help but love Quakers. My middle and junior high schools were located on a Meeting House Lane. Pacifism, abolitionism and tolerance have always seemed like good ideas to me. And I'm a total sucker for Quaker Oats packaging.
In 1979, we helped organize five nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden and an anti-nuke rally that drew 200,000 people. These efforts and the ongoing work of many grassroots and national safe energy groups have helped to hold off the building of new nuclear reactors ever since.
Some of the biggest names in rock and roll raised millions of dollars in the nation's capital on Monday with a marathon concert aimed at getting out the vote for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.