The history of September 25th. Today in 1961: Herbert Lee is shot in Liberty, Mississippi, by E.H. Hurst, the area’s state representative. Lee has been driving cars for voting-rights activists. Hurst will tell police he shot Lee in self-defense.
Louis Allen, a black logger who witnessed the shooting, backs Hurst’s story. When Allen admits he lied to protect his family, he dies from three shotgun blasts to his head. No one will ever be charged for the murder.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
This afternoon is Madison Urban Ministry’s Re-Entry Service Fair. The theme is “Employment.” These service fairs are an opportunity for men and women who are being released from prison to gather much needed informational resources in our community. This is from 3:30 to 5:30pm in the Community Room of the Village Mall, 2300 South Park Street. The event is free and open to all. For more info, call John at 256-0906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tonight, the History of Political Economy Group hosts a free discussion: “Financial Chaos, Money, Credit, and Instability in Late Capitalism.” This is at 6:30pm at Electric Earth Café, 546 West Washington Avenue. More info at 256-1261.
Tonight, the Madison Theatre Guild will present a special benefit performance of “Two Plays for a Tuesday” on the Evjue State at the Bartell Theater, 113 East Mifflin Street. Admission is free but a donation is suggested, with the proceeds split between the Bartell Theater and RSVP of Dane County’s Veterans Helping Veterans Program. For further info, contact Nick at 608-692-8002.
Tonight, the Friends of Olin-Turville, in conjunction with the Madison Parks and Police Departments, are sponsoring a free community folk dancing event. The Diamond Squares square dance group, with Chicago ‘caller’ Bob Asp, will demonstrate this traditional American dance style and invite the audience to learn and join in. No partners required! This is from 6 to 8pm tonight at the Olin Park Pavilion, 1156 Olin-Turville Court. More info at olin-turville.org or call Tom at 239-4299.
Tonight, the Mount Horeb Area Sustainability Network’s Green Tuesday features a free screening of “Dive”. This is at 6:30pm at Mount Vernon United Church of Christ, Highway 92 in Mount Vernon. More info at tnsmonona.org.