by Joe Courter
If you want to know what made Joe Courter who he is, who does the community things he does, I would ask you to go to PBS.org and watch The Movement and the Madman on American Experience. It is free to watch by anyone until April 25, and up on multiple streaming services as well.
It is a direct parallel to my life, freshman year of college, with the Oct. 15, 1969 Moratorium Day, and then the March on Washington on Nov. 15. About 500,000 of us went to Washington, preceded by demonstrations all across the country, and forced Nixon to back off an escalation of the war.
It was the killings at Kent State the following spring that solidified my commitment to activism, but Fall ‘69 was where the die was cast.