Martin Luther King March Podcasts for Peace

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When the largest Martin Luther King March in the world added a military jet flyover, San Antonio, Texas peace activists roared, chanted, waved banners and sang. We were there with our microphones. Songsofpeace.org uses the Jan. 16th recordings to podcast peace CDs and interviews.

Only Love Can Do That

When the largest Martin Luther King March in the world added a military jet flyover, San Antonio, Texas peace activists roared, chanted, waved banners and sang. We were there with our microphones. San Antonio is home to two Air Force bases, an army base and numerous military medical institutions. March organizers used the prevalence of military personnel in San Antonio to justify an idea that some said desecrated the memory of this country’s greatest peacemaker.

At SongsofPeace.org, we promote peace through music with CD collections by various national artists. The latest is called Peace is Our Birthright: Songs for A Season for Nonviolence (SNV). SNV is 64 days of grassroots education on nonviolent choices from Jan. 30th to April 4th, the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to recording the sound of the jets and the crowd reaction, we interviewed a city council member, a Texas state legislator, a philosophy professor, San Antonio Express-News columnist and various activists at the march. We even found ourselves in the middle of a confrontation between demonstrators and the police, complete with photographs by Laura E. Hall.

By podcasting the event in several episodes, we introduced each with a song from the CDs. The prelude to the first episode was a musical adaptation of a Dr. King quote entitled, “Only Love Can Do That,” by Richard Mekdeci. The second episode was introduced by Todd Hoke’s song, “My Own Day,” emphasizing a point made by Kathy Clay-Little of the San Antonio Express-News that King’s Memorial Day should focus on his ideals and no one else’s.

The issue continues to challenge San Antonio lawmakers and March organizers. At SongsofPeace.org, we’ll continue to sift through our files of music. We have a San Antonio peaceCENTER concert to culminate SNV on April 1st featuring Richard Mekdeci. Next on our podcasting agenda is a series of interviews with the musical artists who contributed to the peace CD collections. They truly did contribute their songs and all the proceeds from the CDs go to charities. For more information, visit our website at http://www.songsofpeace.org. For information on A Season For Nonviolence, visit the international website, http://www.agnt.org.

February 2006 is Podcast Month at PRWeb. This press release distributed by PRWeb, the Online Visibility Company.

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