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From May 26, 2005...

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It’s been 50 years since a landmark decree to desegregate schools with “all deliberate speed.” Tonight on Tapestry – how we're doing. Also, the poetry of Sun Ra and music from “Be It the Means”. I’m Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us. First – this roundup of arts news.

Arts news

Brown-v-Board 2

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Brown-versus-Board of Education 2. The second ruling in the historic school desegregation case. In Brown-v-Board 2, the Supreme Court stipulated that schools must desegregate “with all deliberate speed”. Much progress was made, but 50 years later many educators and activists point to growing re-segregation in the classroom. They worry this trend will have dire impacts on minority children and the education they receive – including art and culture education. Tanya Ott reports.

Brown-v-Board Two

SunRa Arkestra

Ninety-one years ago this week, musician Herman Poole “Sonny” Blount was born in Birmingham. Can't place the name? How about his other name… the one he gave himself much later in life – Sun Ra. Sun Ra was a pianist, bandleader, composer, poet and philosopher who made his mark on music during a career that spanned more than 70 years. In 1940’s Chicago, Sun Ra, who at the time still used his given name, played for Fletcher Henderson's big band. By the early 70's, Sun Ra was touring extensively with his Arkestra – playing improvisational, discordant jazz -- “space music”. Sun Ra died 12 years ago next week and is buried in Birmingham, though devotees say he's simply returned to the land he claimed to come from – the planet Saturn. A new collection of Sun Ra's poetry has just been published. This is “The Past is a Dream”, interpreted by Birmingham poet Sharrif Simmons.

The Past is a Dream

The new book of Sun Ra poetry, "The Immeasurable Equation", is published by the private press Waitwhile. The song is Sun Ra’s "Nebulae".


By now, you either have one yourself or know someone who does. The iPod and other mp3 players are redefining how we listen to music. With an iPod you can mix up all your music, potentially thousands of songs, and listen to them in ways that were not possible just a few years ago. For our occasional segment "What's on your iPod?", we invite Tapestry listeners into the studio to hear what they’re hearing on their iPods. We've got a couple of rules: put the iPod on shuffle and tell us about the first three songs from different artists that come up. Tonight’s iPodder is Blair Bolande, a receptionist at Boutwell Studios.

What's on Your iPod?

The songs were “The Hanging Garden” by The Cure, “A Kind of Magic” by Queen, and “I Want to Live on an Abstract Plain” by Frank Black. If you're interested in being part of "what's on your iPod", send us an email to - tapestry@wbhm.org. And hey, why don’t you put Tapestry on your iPod. The show is now offered as a Podcast. Details on that – on our website, wbhm.org.

What's going on in and around the Birmingham area. For additional details, go to our online version of the Community Calendar.

Community Calendar

Be It The Means

Don VanCleave, President of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, says Beitthemeans is "the best southern punk rock band since Lynyrd Skynyrd." They don't really echo a certain decade and don't follow trends. They consistently turn out one energetic, powerful show after another. Shotgun Radio, the band's first full-length record, expresses ferocity, empathy, emotion, and rage all at once; hard edge rock that has not lost its taste for melody and good lyrics.

Music and interview with Beitthemeans

Beitthemeans plays City Stages June 18. Check out our website, wbhm.org, for studio tracks from the CD.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces our musician profiles. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for joining us!

Support for Tapestry comes from the Jefferson County Commission through the Jefferson County Community Arts Funds administered by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham.