Must-Know People Who Made a Difference…Just My Opinion                                                  

Izzy Young

William Kunstler

Izzy Young  Years ago, I used to listen to Izzy Young on WBAI. He made a difference in the world of folk music with his gathering spot in Greenwich Village, “The Folklore Center.”

Miles Horton: Miles helped bring awareness to intolerance, workers rights,  social injustices and founded an educational institution that brought people from all walks of life together for one cause: Justice.

Zilphia Horton: Zilphia and other songwriters/activists helped bring “We Shall Overcome” to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.

Abel Meeropol: He was a NYC teacher who wrote Billie Holliday’s famous “Strange Fruit.” Mr. Meeropol and his wife also took care of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg’s 2 boys.

Louise Rosenblatt: Over 75 years ago, Prof. Rosenblatt wrote about the relationship between the reader and the written text in her 1938 book, Literature as Exploration.

Julian Beck and Judith Malina of The Living Theatre: Both Judith and her life-partner, Julian, changed how the audience perceived theatre and the role of theatre in society. As an undergraduate theater major and one who did graduate work in educational theatre, I became very familiar with The Living Theatre in the 70s.  I’m happy to say they are still in existence. Check them out!

William Kunstler : William Kunstler was a lawyer you wanted on your side. He truly fought hard for what he believed in and for his clients, some of whom, were difficult people to represent for a variety of reasons. When he spoke, he demanded your attention and you wanted to give it to him. His daughters made a documentary about him, Disturbing the Universe, a very apt title for this unforgettable man.


2 thoughts on “Must-Know People Who Made a Difference…Just My Opinion

  1. I lived in Chicago during the Vietnam war era and Bill Kunstler stayed at my apartment often when he was in town for the Chicago Seven trial. When we would go out for dinner to a little Japanese neighborhood restaurant young people would recognize him and come up to thank him for his work. He was one of those ‘bigger than life’ people. I was saddened to see how he aged in the picture above.

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