Early Owl Chat – MLK Day

A few songs to recall and reinvigorate the struggle.


Shirley Verrett – Oh Freedom


Mavis Staples – We Shall Not Be Moved


Peter Tosh – Go Tell it on the Mountain


Aretha Franklin – Lift Every Voice and Sing


Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come


Richie Havens – Follow the Drinking Gourd


Morehouse College – We Shall Overcome


Strive for justice, EarlyΒ Owls.

139 Responses to “Early Owl Chat – MLK Day”

  1. January 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    A perfect selection for today LL, thank you so so so so so so so so much!!

  2. 6 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    early owl??? guess it’s a real rat ace out there.

  3. 16 Judith Fardig
    January 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Vetivera – congrats on first. LL – your posts knock me out. Music has always been such an important part of movements for change.

  4. 17 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Wonderful selection, LL!

  5. 18 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Repost from last.

    For those interested in the Pope’s visit to Philly: http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/

  6. 19 GGail
    January 19, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    LL, wonderful addition to today’s celebration – thanks!

    vc, are you here? check your email please. πŸ™‚

    Congrats almab on First! πŸ™‚

  7. 20 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    My humble contribution:

  8. 21 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm

  9. 22 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    speaking of squirrels,

    Good Roman Catholics do not need to breed like “rabbits”, Pope Francis says, but rejects birth controls being imposed in the developing world.


      January 19, 2015 at 9:01 pm


  10. January 19, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    RevBarber speaks @ 1:22:02

  11. January 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    They just don’t realize how unpleasant it is to be commingled with asphalt as the steamroller approaches …..

    #TrustBarack … or …. get paved ……

  12. 48 mtmarilyn
    January 19, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Oh all those songs sure fill the soul!!! What a great way to end a perfect day!

  13. January 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Bringing over. Good story on the young woman from here who will be in the box with Michelle tomorrow night. Interview is with her cousin.


  14. January 19, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    For real (inspired by Kazai’s tweet) ….

    Yes We Can

  15. 59 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 19, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    A Decade Dedicated to People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development

    In proclaiming this Decade, the international community is recognizing that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.

  16. 61 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Europe ‘faces political earthquakes’ .


    on that cheerful note, ciao.

  17. January 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

  18. January 19, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Sorry if this is a duplicate:

  19. January 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Okay, so now I will share how weird the last few days have been. I take Danny walking every day through a foresty kinda place along the river. It’s usually very quiet, not many around, just the occasional dog & walker (including Kenzie the Husky, his latest girlfriend).

    So we’re walking down there a few days ago and suddenly there are police everywhere, up and down the river in their boats, all over the land, and I’m like “what??”

    Turns out a woman was missing, and they suspected she had committed suicide.

    That was completely tragic, but Danny’s, um, contribution to the search was sort of comical.

    I asked the police would they like me to get him out of there, leave them in peace to search, but they said no, they’d appreciate if I carried on walking there on the chance Danny might find the woman.

    I said no problem, while quietly freaking out that he would find her.

    So, we carry on, and in the course of the last few days he almost pushed a policewoman in to river, sent a search party running for the hills when he started barking at and chasing them because their luminous orange jackets freaked him out, and then he completely distracted a Cadaver dog from its work by chasing it around the field.

    At that point, the police asked me to take Danny home.

    Yesterday, the woman’s body was found in the river, right where Danny swims every day.

    It was eerie today, such a beautiful, peaceful place for someone to choose to end their life.

    I saw her photo in the newspaper, a lovely, warm, kind face. And her passion in life was dogs. She’d have laughed at Danny, I’d guess.

    Threw some flowers in the river today. Danny took a break from swimming.

    May she rest in peace.

    • 74 GGail
      January 19, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      {{{{{Chips}}} that’s a sad, tragic ending to a woman’s life. But you have to admit, some of the story is LOL funny as hell. I can see/hear Danny barking and startling the coppers and him distracting the cadaver dog with playtime. Couldn’t you have told the two stories of sadness and laughter at different times tonight…you are such a minx. I can’t stop chuckling now!

      • January 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm

        πŸ™‚ That’s the thing GGail, when I read in the paper that she adored dogs I just knew she’d laugh at Danny’s bonker-ness, that moment he set off after the cadaver dog and the police were frantically whistling to try and get it back to work ….. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Let’s just say, I struggled to make Danny understand the seriousness of the bleak situation. That the police thought he could help…….. πŸ˜•

    • 79 arapaho415
      January 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Lovely tribute, Chips.

      Reminds me so much of The Lady from Shallot.

      Love the pre-Raphaelites.

      Poor Danny, traumatized by those bright orange jackets. Hopefully he’ll be back to his carefree self tomorrow.

    • 81 Judith Fardig
      January 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Yikes, Chips! What an unsettling story. Danny darn near did find that woman’s body, but I’m relieved he didn’t. Are you having nightmares>

    • January 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Wow. Just wow. HUGS

  20. January 19, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Hey! I just retweeted Bob and got the “notquitenothingnull” follow recommend!

  21. 86 amk for obama
    January 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    dratz, why didn’t I think of that idea?

  22. 99 vcprezofan2
    January 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Here you go, GxG!

    • 100 GGail
      January 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      VC, you’re the best! Thank you!!!! ❀

      Chips! look!!!
      This TOD button is to commemorate the first brunch meeting with me, Tally, JoJothecat and Purpleshoes. Purpleshoes made us TOD buttons! Isn't it cute!

      We had such a great time on Sunday – it was like we were already friends getting to finish a conversation we began somewhere else. Those women are a HOOT! Then to top it off, we called VC and everyone got to say a few words with her. It was a grand time. We started at brunch and damn near was there for the dinner crowd πŸ˜€

      Chips, you've brought together some awesome people and I'm so thankful to be meeting them in person. Thank you Chips! ❀

      There are a couple of other pics – but Tally has them…if she ever surfaces…they might get posted here πŸ™‚

      • January 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

        GGail, I am GOING TO CRY!!!!!

        This is the loveliest thing in the history of the world, I am so so so so so so thrilled you crazy gals got to meet up, and the call with VC just topped off the wonderfulness of it all! πŸ˜†

        Ah, this is outstandingly excellent, LOVE you people!!!!

      • 105 Alycee (@jazziz2)
        January 19, 2015 at 10:04 pm

        Congrats on the Brunch Mtg! High on my list for NLT spring is to pull together a meet & greet for the Philly area folks. SJTerri & I met during Obama’12 — she canvassed in my area.

        • 106 Alycee (@jazziz2)
          January 19, 2015 at 10:07 pm

          Oh, and Wanda from Virgina and I met in Barcelona Spain when we both embarked for a jazz cruise!

          • January 19, 2015 at 10:10 pm

            I remember that Alycee, it was completely awesome!!! πŸ™‚

            • 108 Alycee (@jazziz2)
              January 19, 2015 at 10:41 pm

              It was! Thank you for facilitating it. If I recall correctly, I was overwhelmed with Obama’12, property tax collection, and getting ready for several trips; after I hit the post button I realized I broke my practice of not discussing pending trips on social media. In this case, I’m now SO GLAD I DID!

          • 109 GGail
            January 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

            Isn’t it special Alycee when you get to put a face to folks you converse with day after day over the waves of the internet. And double special with they’re good people πŸ™‚

      • January 19, 2015 at 10:13 pm

        OMG Thank you VC! It was a blast talking with you although because we were in the patio I could not hear you. I hope that any TOD’er that comes to SoCal you get in touch with me, GGail, Tally and let us know so we can all get to meet our fellow TOD’ers….you might get one of these buttons Purpleshoes made πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        We had so much fun maybe we can convince LL and Arapahoe to join us next time.

      • 115 vcprezofan2
        January 19, 2015 at 10:14 pm

        You are welcome, Gx2. It was a treat to hear the voices of the other ladies, and I have to admit that Tally sounded just like ……. Tally!

      • 116 Judith Fardig
        January 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        So jealous! Happy for you in Cali that you got to meet!

    • January 19, 2015 at 9:57 pm

      OMG, that is sensationally lovely, VC, you are a sweetheart!!!!! πŸ˜†

    • 121 amk for obama
      January 19, 2015 at 10:03 pm

      WHERE IS MINE ???

  23. January 19, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    I am now making my world famous picadillo.

  24. January 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=null Chips, this tag is attaching to every re-tweet from TOD..3 of us of late have mentioned this same thing..we have blocked “it” but it is still appearing on re-tweets. think WP could do anything to remove IT? thanks Inga

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