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GREAT BEND, Kan. - Black History Month seems to be losing some steam, and in a way, that's a good sign. Because taking an entire people group and saying: "You get one month, and it is the shortest month of the year," is a little confining. African-Americans have made contributions every month and every day and every hour of every year. Without them, what would America be like? Or would it even exist?

I had an exhilarating moment in December, when I learned that Oscar Micheaux, who is buried in the Great Bend Municipal cemetery, was going to be named as the USPS "Black Heritage" stamp honoree for 2010. Micheaux is the 33rd annual "Black Heritage Stamp" honoree. The series began in 1978.

I Probably Shouldn't

COUNCIL GROVE, Kan. - I probably shouldn't, but I write about the history of the Kanza (Kaw) Indians.

More specifically, I write a monthly column called "The Kanza Reserve 150 Years Ago" published in the local daily paper, The Council Grove Republican. The column describes an event involving either the Kanzas or Council Grove that took place that particular month 150 years ago, then elaborates on the theme inhered in the event. For example, this month (February, 2010), the seminal event was about how in early February 1860, a group of Kanzas stole a keg of whiskey in Cottonwood Falls, then indulged in a brawl during which three of them were killed.

The '70s: Wichita Women Change the World

WICHITA, Kan. - During the 1960s, while male activists were out in the streets protesting the war, the draft, the CIA, Dow Chemical, or what have you, their female counterparts often complained that they were left behind to brew the coffee and tidy up the meeting rooms. By the beginning of the decade that started Jan. 1, 1970, however, the ferment that had started to percolate in the '60s erupted into a movement that eventually became a feminist tsunami of marches, political appointments, laws, and legal decisions that changed forever the lives of women and the men who lived and worked with them.

The feminist movement, often called The Second Wave, spread across the country and around the world. Women sought equality in the workplace, in education, in their relationships, and even in men-only bars. In New York City, feminists demonstrated to liberate the men's bar in the New York's Biltmore Hotel. McSorley's, a 116-year old New York bar admitted its first woman patron on Aug. 10 after Mayor John Lindsay signed a bill prohibiting sexual discrimination in public places, making New York the first major city to have such a law.

I think Woody Guthrie Stayed Here!

GREAT BEND, Kan. - Some people find it shocking that I find Kansas beautiful. I suppose that is the curse of the home town. It is hard to find something beautiful about the town you grew up in, until you leave it.

Every state in the nation has something that is beautiful about it. Michigan has water and trees. Colorado has the mountains. Florida has the wetlands. Kansas has the huge sky. The sky is massive out here, a backdrop of everything else on the prairie.

SALINA, Kan. - The following is the written speech George Pyle delivered at Reality Not Celebrity, the "counter event" to Sarah Palin's speech in Salina on February 5th.

Pyle's keynote was broadcasted on Community Bridge on February 25, 2010. To listen, click the start button on the player panel to hear the keynote in a streaming format, or click the MP3 button to download the file to your computer. Run time: 46:31.


MP3 File

Good evening, fellow outcasts.

Down in the valley, the respectable and the Republican of the community have gathered in a sports arena to hear from a self-professed maverick woman of the people. Up on the hill, we rabble of liberals and lefties are assembled in the local country club to hear a speech from a bald man who works for Warren Buffett. [though I must hasten to add that I do not speak for Mr. Buffett in any way, shape or form. He is perfectly capable of speaking for himself.]

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