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Teach In | Making History – Making the Future
April 25, 2019 at 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Conversation with veteran activists, students and others about thinking globally and acting locally in the Yuba-Sutter community. Join us for a special presentation of Making History/Making Blintzes, by Mickey Flacks and Dick Flacks, founding members of Students for a Democratic Society.
UCSB emeritus professor of sociology DICK FLACKS has co-authored, with his life partner MICKEY, this chronicle of their political and personal lives. As active members of the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements in the 1960’s and leaders in today’s social movements, their stories are a first-hand account of progressive American activism from the 1960’s to the present.
Throughout their memoir, Dick and Mickey demonstrate that their lifelong commitment to making history through social activism cannot be understood without returning to the deeply personal context of their family history – of growing up “red diaper babies” in 1950’s New York City, using folk music as self-expression as adolescents in the 1960’s, and of making blintzes for their own family through the 1970’s and 1980’s. As the children of immigrants and first generation Jews, Dick and Mickey crafted their own religious identity as secular Jews, created a critical space for American progressive activism through SDS, and ultimately, found themselves raising an “American” family.