Today in 1616: William Leddra is executed by the Charter government of Massachusetts for being a Quaker.
He was the fourth and last of his religion to be hanged with the approval of Governor John Endicott. Though the court did not find him “evil,” he had sympathized with the Quakers who were executed before him; he had refused to remove his hat; and he used the words “thee” and “thou,” which, to Quakers, implied the equality of all people.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
A free semester-long series of lectures on hip-hop education brings the nation’s top scholars, artists and leaders in the growing field of hip-hop studies to the UW Madison campus. Tonight is A Tribute to Saul Landau: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Social Justice and Activism in the Film and Music Industries, by Greg Landau, who has produced six Grammy nominated CD’s and over 50 CDs, numerous film sound tracks, and videos. This is tonight at 7:30 at 2080 Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue. More info at gettingreal.wisc.edu.
Tonight, Wisconsin Physicians for a National Health Program hosts a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “The Waiting Room,” which follows the life and times of patients, doctors, and staff at Highland Hospital, a safety-net hospital in Oakland, California. A physician-led discussion will follow. This is tonight at 6:30pm at the Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street. For more info, email email@example.com.