A trip down ‘Memory Lane’…. winding up in the present…..

When I was a High School student I was given the nickname of ‘Mr. Button’. This was because there were so many struggles I was involved in, and for every struggle there was a button…. here are just a sampling of them;

After graduation the struggles continued, Civil Rights and Peace were the two major issues of the day. Unlike the ‘flower children’ of my generation, I was involved in struggles to change the world… I was not prepared to ‘tune out’ as Timothy O’Leary might have wanted us to.
In the photo below, you can see me in a demonstration, (next to the cop)…. We were ‘tuning in’ to the situations at hand, not running away from them. We were not afraid of the system, we were trying to change it. The ‘Red Scare’ was not something we were concerned with,we had ‘real demons’ to deal with.
There was one man that was always with us, a man that sacrificed all for humanity, eventually, even his own life. To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on his Day, I dedicate the following. I am sure he would have been with us in this struggle as well. This is also for all that joined with me in the struggles of the 60’s. We all shared  ‘the dream’, we all tried to make it a reality…. and continue to do so.

Click HERE to see more photos of the struggle, taken by a good friend of mine and published in the New York Times.


  1. Maurice said,

    January 18, 2010 at 11:37

    Happy MLK Day Mr. Button!
    It is good to recall that Dr King and all the other tireless activists of the Civil Rights Movement finally overcame segregation in the US (Jim Crow, the beatings, the lynchings…). I am sure that you are proud to have been part of that movement and that it gives you hope that we may someday resolve the terrible problems that beset us today.

  2. January 18, 2010 at 18:57

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  3. January 19, 2010 at 18:44

    And Mister Button has remained true to himself and his principles all these years later:)

    “The qualities of a great man are “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.” DWIGHT EISENHOWER

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