In Memoriam: Julius Lester

by Bennett Muraskin   JULIUS LESTER  (January 29, 1939-January 18, 2018) embodied the historic Black-Jewish bond in America, as well as Black-Jewish tensions, in his work as a prolific writer, folk musician, folklorist, and public intellectual — and in the very fabric of his identity. The son of a Black minister, he grew up in the upper South, graduated  […]

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Steve Ben Israel’s Living Theater

Steve Ben Israel, who worked with Julian Beck and Judith Malina’s Living Theater for fifteen years in their hey-day and went on to be a performance artist in clubs, New York subways, parks and streets for three decades, died at 74 on this date in 2012. Israel played numerous leading roles for the Living Theater […]

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July 28: Margot Adler’s Airwaves

Radio journalist and Wiccan priestess Margot Adler died at 66 on this date in 2014. A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Adler took to the airwaves first on Pacifica in Berkeley and in New York, where on WBAI she reported on social movements and created two talk shows, Hour of the Wolf and […]

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