Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, my name is William Schneiderman. I am one of the defendants in this trial, and I am here representing myself.
It was February, 1952. How vividly the scene comes back to mind: the packed federal courthouse in Los Angeles, the vigilant marshals, the intent jury, the grim-faced judge flanked on one side by the special prosecutor from Washington, and on the other by the fifteen defendants and their attorneys; as ... [full quote][add comments][Rate][Share]
There is no information at Wikipedia about either "William Schneiderman" or "Bill Schneiderman". He was the leader of the Communist Party in California for many years. The party dissolved in approximately 1990. My issue of the paperback Dissent on Trial has written on its title page, "To Anita, for Peace Equality and Justice - Bill Schneiderman".
More than ever before, my friends, men of all races and nations are today challenged to be neighborly... No longer can we afford the luxury of passing by on the other side. Such folly was once called moral failure; today it will lead to universal suicide...
An American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today. A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. King's efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. There, he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.
So the space between two people diminishes; it grows less and less; no one to weep; they merge at last. The sound that pours from the fingertips awakens clouds of cells far inside the other's body, and beings unknown to us start out on a pilgrimage to their Savior, to their holy place. Their holy place is a small balck stone that they remember from Protozoic times, when it was rolled away from a door.