We had a great time at last night’s BlogFest, and I’ll be posting a few photos later. For now, here are a few Sunday items:
Charlton Heston died yesterday. Few in Hollywood care to remember that at the height of his fame,
He was one of the major Hollywood stars who marched with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights era.
But then, few care to remember that the NRA helped many blacks in the South in the post Civil War era defend themselves.
Not very many people will remember that Charlton Heston picketed a segregated theater premiering his own movie; or that he accompanied Martin Luther King Jr on the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington. All at a time when no one in Hollywood was willing to speak out against racism. It’s more likely that he’ll be remembered as the six foot three inch tall actor, who played Moses and Ben Hur, and later became the president and spokesman for the National Rifle Association advocating the right to keep and bear arms; or recall that he opposed affirmative action. But Heston the marcher and Heston the NRA president come closer together if one recalls that in the actor’s mind at least, racial segregation helped the cause of Communism. The fight for freedom took many forms, but underneath its varied guises it was always the same thing.
Today’s WSJ’s 5 Best Books, on journalism, selected by Roger Mudd
Today’s shoes, Merrell Barrado. They tend to run small so you might want to order a half size larger.
Pat has the Carnival, don’t miss it.