Monday, July 15, 2013

"Time Has Come Today": Trayvon Martin, Lester Chambers & the Legacy of Change

The verdict came in over the weekend, Trayvon Martin's murderer was exonerated.

The nation is up in arms, figuratively, since opposition to the NRA seems to overlap.  There have been marches against the injustice of the verdict, just like there were for Emmett Till or Rodney King.

The worst article I have seen is the CONTINUED violence.  Relating DIRECTLY to a 73 year old Blues Player who calls for peace and understanding in his songs (No, not Peter Tork).

Lester Chambers was attacked onstage while dedicating a song to Travyon Martin.

Lester Chambers is a fascinating figure, singing at Newport Folk Festival with Joan Baez as part of the Chambers Brothers.  Hits in the late 1960's include "Time Has Come Today" & "People Get Ready".  Iconic hits about peace, love & change!!  He was also never financially recognized for his artistic contributions to these recordings (A VERY COMMON INJUSTICE), but there was recently a Kickstarter Campaign to help him record a new album.

There's a lot of talk about the excitement of the Protest Movement in the 1960's.  But there still needs to be a lot of support for change nowadays as well.  

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