1/12/08 (Blogspot): This year Women's History Month in March and Women's Equality Day on August 26 have special significance. It's the 160th anniversary year of Seneca Falls. It's also the first year ever that a woman is a serious candidate for the office of President of the United States. Ten years ago on the the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Seneca Falls I was privileged to have had produced at the GeVa Theater in Rochester a music-accompanied history of the American women's movement, titled "Take Up the Song". The title song is presented by the Akoma choir and folk music is played between each sequence. More: 1/12/08, Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, Seneca Falls, 160 Years Ago.
1/9/08 (HuffPost): What a difference four years make! In July 2004, a commentator on the Presidential election noted that it was 156 years since the Seneca Falls convention for women's rights. Even though Barack Obama was giving the keynote speech that month at the Democratic Convention, the commentator said it would be "ridiculous" to associate the 1848 convention with the Democratic Party. Now it's the 160th anniversary year of Seneca Falls and we have two good reasons for associating that historic event with the Democratic Party - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. More: 1/9/08, John Tepper Marlin, Huffington Post, Clinton, Obama and Seneca Falls.
1/4/08 (HuffPost): In his victory speech after the Iowa Democratic Caucus yesterday, Sen. Barack Obama seeks to unify the United States. His words should be relayed and listened to in Kenya, where widespread unrest and loss of life is occurring following actions of the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu tribesman. Kibaki rushed to declare his reelection over Luo challenger Raila Odinga, despite signs of election irregularities. More: 1/4/08, John Tepper Marlin, Huffington Post, Obama's Plea for Unity Should Be Heard in Kenya. 1/3/08, Blogspot, John Tepper Marlin, The Irony of Barack Obama's Win in Iowa While Kenya Is in Flames.
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