September 3rd, 2013
If you were alive then, you likely remember where you were when President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. Perhaps you remember the 1961 inaugural broadcast of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color in LIVING COLOR (if you were lucky enough to have a color TV). I remember the first time I heard the Beatles singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the radio and thought, “What was that? They’ll never make it big in the USA.” (And, oh, that long hair!) The emergency plan for my elementary school during the Cuban Missile Crisis was for students to walk a mile home should missiles come streaking toward our city. Who thought that up?
Vietnam unfolded in front of us on the nightly news and the American flag unfurled on the moon after years of doubt and effort. The march for civil rights by African Americans culminated in the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the death of Martin Luther King. It was a decade of contrasts: great tragedies and great triumphs; British pop music versus the anti-war music of Americans Bob Dylan and Joan Baez; hippies versus the “Establishment”; Pulitzer Prize-winning, powerfully moving “To Kill a Mockingbird” verses the bestselling pulp novel, “Valley of the Dolls.” Roger Maris hit 61 home runs without the use of performance enhancing drugs while psychedelic drugs tuned others out.
CCPL will explore many of the triumphs and tragedies of that decade in its new events series, “The 1960s.” From Ford Mustangs, muscle cars and pop culture to the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and Kennedy, we will return to a decade where everything changed. Click here to see a complete listing of the events we’re offering and call 410-996-5600 ext. 481 to sign up. What program are you looking forward to the most?