Sub­texts Ac­tivist Mark Rudd re­mem­bers rad­i­cal and au­thor Tom Hay­den

Free rad­i­cals: Mark Rudd on Tom Hay­den

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For a mo­ment in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected as the first African-Amer­i­can pres­i­dent of the United States, it seemed to some old ‘60s rad­i­cals that their youth­ful ef­forts at a more just and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety had come to fruition. Ac­tivists like Tom Hay­den and Mark Rudd, who were orig­i­nally in­spired by the grass­roots suc­cess of the civil-rights move­ment, re­joiced, per­haps un­aware that the pres­ence of a black man in the White House would pull back the cur­tain on a fiery strain of racism still ac­tively at work in Amer­i­can cul­ture. Hay­den and Rudd were heav­ily in­volved with the cam­pus protest cul­ture of the 1960s as mem­bers of Stu­dents for a Demo­cratic So­ci­ety. Hay­den, a found­ing mem­ber of SDS, was a Free­dom Rider in the deep South and anti-Viet­nam ac­tivist be­fore go­ing into Cal­i­for­nia state pol­i­tics, while Rudd took the mil­i­tant route, join­ing the Weather Un­der­ground and ad­vo­cat­ing for the vi­o­lent over­throw of the United States gov­ern­ment — ac­tiv­i­ties that forced him to live un­der­ground for most of the 1970s.

Even­tu­ally, both went into teach­ing and writ­ing. Hay­den wrote The Long Six­ties: From 1960 to Barack Obama, which was pub­lished in 2009. He died in Oc­to­ber 2016, be­fore he could see the re­sults of the re­cent pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, bear wit­ness to the uptick in vi­o­lent crimes against Mus­lims and Jews in the elec­tion’s wake, or take part in the mas­sive wave of protests that have greeted Pres­i­dent Trump’s first few weeks in of­fice. Rudd re­mem­bers Hay­den and takes a look at The Long Six­ties in a Jour­ney Santa Fe pre­sen­ta­tion, hosted by Alan Web­ber, at 11 a.m.on Sun­day, Feb. 12, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226). — Jen­nifer Levin

Tom Hay­den and Mark Rudd

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