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humanities. All day conference, with 400 members. Workshops with
prominent people participating. As a matter of fact one of the
workshops on literature, you know who led the workshop? Ed
Doctorow. Who led the workshop “Is the Media Fair to Labor?” Jack
Newfield, with a panel of four. What's his name? The guy who used to
be in the Young Lords who was on channel four. The Hispanic guy. I
forget his name. But heavy hitters -- in all areas.
At the end of the day, at the final session where they report back --
Ossie and Ruby had a workshop. Howard Roberts led a workshop on
“Music for the People.” All of that kind of thing. Eve Merriam led a
workshop on oral history. I had everybody in the thing. [Michael]
Harrington was involved. It was wild, but it was good. At the end of
the day, after they'd come back after lunch, to keep them we had two
things. Number one we would have the first showing of scenes, parts,
of the videotape. Parts of the videotape and Micki Grant doing
numbers from “Take Care,” and Ossie doing the sketches. Talking
through the sketches of “Take Care.” So people walked out like, very
I told you about the legacy of Dr. King -- Andy Young at Columbia, the
lecture. Yes. The Labor Day street fair -- 100,000 people.
Tell me about the Labor Day street fair.
This was another idea I had. A street fair, Labor Day. Why
shouldn't there be a Labor Day street fair.
At that time there was no Labor Day parade.
No. The second year of the street fair, the Labor Day parade
resumed so we had to switch. We had it on a Sunday -- we switched to
a Sunday and they had a march on Monday.
The Labor Day street fair was an idea that I projected as part of Bread
and Roses. When we sat down with a committee, and we had to figure
out what should be in it, where it should be -- originally I wanted it to
be in front of the union building, on 43rd Street. That's a narrow
street. But I said, “It has to be on 43rd Street.” [laughs] “The Labor
Day street fair is on 43rd Street, the union headquarters.” [laughs]
Then it became clear that it was too small. So we then opted to have it
on 42nd Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenue, and that we would
get the street closed for the day, and that we would put up stages,
and we have performances there. We would put a stage on Ninth
Avenue, and a stage at Tenth Avenue. Then you have to have food. So
we would bring in vendors with foods of all nations. Then, there were
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