I was a teenager living in Montana during the 60’s. As such, I missed much of the ‘60’s revolution’ and was only dimly aware of all the changes happening.
I have been thinking about the 60’s in light of all that is happening in 2020. And I think we are heading into another revolutionary decade.
Here are just some of the events of the 60’s that changed history:
- President Kennedy’s assassination (1963)
- Civil rights protests (1955-1968)
- Vietnam war protests (1965 on)
- Civil Rights Act (1964)
- Voting Rights Act (1965)
- War on Poverty (1964)
- Flu pandemic (1968)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination (1968)
- Robert F. Kennedy assassination (1968)
- Moon landing (1969)
- And the list goes on
I am drawing some parallels to the history changing events so far in 2020:
- Flu pandemic
- Protests against systemic racism and inequality
- Protests against the police
- Voting rights for people of color and people in poverty
- Highly contentious presidential election
- And the list goes on and on
On the ironic side, the Ford Bronco was first introduced in 1965 and is getting rebooted in 2020.
For me, here’s the question: will the events so far in 2020 result in the kind of historical policy changes we saw in the 1960’s?
For that to happen, I think we need to keep getting into ‘good trouble, necessary trouble’. R.I.P. Rep John Lewis.
The picture on the blog is of Aretha Franklin from, Icons. It is really cool book!