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from Lawrence.” We set a time table and a day. I put on the Bread and
Roses staff for a three month period, to work on p.r. in Lawrence, in
the schools in Lawrence, Rachel Cowan and Margo Jones, a friend of
Rachel. Margot K. Jones, who's a teacher, works for the Board of
Education. Very bright, very able. They're going to work on the schools
and on some publicity. They go to work on it. The upshot is Bread and
Roses Day in Lawrence, which is the most exciting kind of thing.
Before the thing happened, Paul did an OpEd piece for the Times, on
remembering -- you know, amnesia. Paul does that. The book comes
out. The poster is out, the filmstrip is out. Bread and Roses Day in
Lawrence takes place. In the morning there's a press bus. The
Lawrence Historical Society has prepared materials.
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The national press came to Lawrence that day. Then there's an
outdoor rally. At the outdoor rally, on the platform, are the family of
Carmela Teoli, Angelo Ruocco, the head of the United Church of Christ,
a couple of congressmen, Peter Yarrow and Mary Travers, who lead
the singing, Paul, me, and some other dignitaries.
When the program begins, in comes the Lawrence High School band
playing “Solidarity Forever.” Marching in [laughs] around the platform.
There's rain coming down. Earl Dotter is covering it. The photographer
Sylvia Plachy covers it for the Voice. I didn't know who she was then,
but Paul said “She's the best.” I said, “Better than Earl?” He says,
“Maybe.” [laughter] Anyway, so around the platform are high school
students carrying banners. Each one has a banner saying Bread and
Roses in all the thirty-six different languages. Then in the program, on
the platform in the morning, the mayor names -- oh! The schools had
selected -- they had a contest and they selected -- Josephine
Buonanno, young woman, who would play the role of Carmela Teoli.
They re-enacted the testimony.
Who came up with that idea?
I guess Margo and Rachel. Because they worked with the
schools on the whole thing. There was an elaborate school program on
this thing. In every school there were study guides on this thing, and
the kids did -- I'll come to that next. Josephine Buonanno with a shawl
around her head. In a halting voice she said -- it was just beautiful. It
wasn't dry either. Then after it Nick Scarim -- who I knew, a musician.
I commissioned him to write a ballad. He wrote the Ballad of Carmela
Teoli, and he couldn't come but someone sang it there. Peter and Mary
lead the singing. Ruocco spoke. There's the national media
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