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'''James Bevel''' (1936-2008) Who now? Doesn't ring a bell, does it? [[wikipedia:Japanese Peace Bell|'''Gong''']]. Well, the bell is a'soundin'.
<span style="font-size:90%;">'''James Bevel with his [[Eyebrows|eyes]] on the [[wikipedia:Civil and political rights|'''prize''']]'''</span>
 
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'''James Bevel''' Who? Doesn't ring a bell? [[wikipedia:Japanese Peace Bell|'''Gong''']]. The bell is a'soundin'.
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There was this American fellow, [[wikipedia:James Bevel|James Bevel]], who initiated and organized the main events of the [[wikipedia:African American Civil Rights Movement|1960s Civil Rights Movement]], and then turned around twice and initiated the first large-scale protests of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. He freed his people, focused the world's attention on peace, and used Mohandas Gandhi's tactics to change America's racial situation <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Mandinka.jpg|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|from one thing}}</span> to [[Barack Obama|another]]. Called "The Father of Voting Rights" and the "Architect of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement", Bevel planned all of the major successful 1960s movements except for the Freedom Rides, taught their participants how to carry them out, and swept out the churches in his spare time.
 
There was this American fellow, [[wikipedia:James Bevel|James Bevel]], who initiated and organized the main events of the [[wikipedia:African American Civil Rights Movement|1960s Civil Rights Movement]] and the first very large protest of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. He freed his people, focused the world's attention on peace, and used Mohandas Gandhi's tactics to change America's racial situation <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Mandinka.jpg|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|from one thing}}</span> to [[Barack Obama|another]]. Called "The Father of Voting Rights", Bevel planned all of the major 1960s movements, taught their participants how to carry them out, and swept out the churches in his spare time.
 
   
 
Then, in 2005 [[wikipedia:Lolita (1962 film)|his daughter]] claimed he needed more movement, and suddenly "remembered" how in 1992 he wanted to have sex with her!
 
Then, in 2005 [[wikipedia:Lolita (1962 film)|his daughter]] claimed he needed more movement, and suddenly "remembered" how in 1992 he wanted to have sex with her!
   
James Bevel, to quote the learned ones of wikipedia, "as Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) - the two main posts in that organization - initiated, organized, strategized, and directed the [[wikipedia:Birmingham campaign|1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade]], the [[wikipedia:Selma to Montgomery march|1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement]], the 1966 KKK Licking Their Wounds Day, and the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. He also called and initially organized the 1963 March on Washington, initiated and directed the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March, undertook the 1966 one man march to "GetOuttaHere'foreHerHusbandComesHome!", and created and directed the massive 1967 Anti-Vietnam War March on the United Nations which solidified the anti-war movement. Then, just for good measure and to break up the boredom, he co-initiated the 1995 Million Man March".
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James Bevel, to quote the learned ones of wikipedia, "as Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) - the two main posts in that organization - initiated, organized, strategized, and directed the [[wikipedia:Birmingham campaign|1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade]], the [[wikipedia:Selma to Montgomery march|1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement]], the 1966 KKK Licking Our Wounds Day (LOWD), and the 1966 [[wikipedia:Chicago Freedom Movement|Chicago Open Housing Movement]]. He also called and initially organized the 1963 March on Washington, initiated and directed the [[wikipedia:Selma to Montgomery marches|1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March]], undertook the 1967 One Man March to "GetOuttaHere'foreMyHusbandComesHome!", and created and directed the massive [[Wikipedia:National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam|1967 Anti-Vietnam War March on the United Nations]] which solidified the anti-war movement. Then, just for good measure and to break up the boredom, he co-initiated the 1995 Million Man March".
   
Finally tiring of so much organizing and marching, and forcefully claiming his innocence of having had sex with his daughter in 1992 (to accent the point he often wore a lynchin'-rope around his neck instead of its polar-opposite, a necktie), Bevel sat in prison for a spell in 2008. Enduring BET, prison food, and that "[[Hannibal Lecter|Come closer, Clarice]]" guy in the plexiglass cell down the hall, it all finally irked him enough to say "Enough of this shit!", and he up and [[Dead|died]].
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Finally tiring of so much organizing, marching, and sweeping, and forcefully claiming his innocence of having had sex with his daughter in 1992 (to accent the point he often wore a lynchin'-rope around his neck instead of its polar-opposite, a necktie), Bevel sat in prison for a spell in 2008. Enduring BET, prison food, and that "[[Hannibal Lecter|Come closer, Clarice]]" guy down the hall, he finally said "Enough of this shit!", and up and [[Dead|died]].
   
Few have ever heard of James Bevel, yet as a twenty-something he definitely used nonviolent methods to free his people and change every society on [[earth]]. Then, three decades later, as a geezer-something, he allegedly tried to [[HowTo:Date an Emo Girl|occupy]] his daughter.
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Few have heard of James Bevel, yet as a twenty-something he definitely used nonviolent methods to free his people and change every society on [[earth]]. Then, three decades later, as a geezer-something, he allegedly tried to [[HowTo:Date an Emo Girl|occupy]] his daughter?
   
 
Settle in friends, [[User:Romartus|Romans]], and countrymen, and lend me your [[Warm piss water|beers]].
 
Settle in friends, [[User:Romartus|Romans]], and countrymen, and lend me your [[Warm piss water|beers]].
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''"Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around, turn me around, turn me around. . .'cept you darlin', you put your dad in prison <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Bevel-noose.jpg|thumb|left|300px|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|in a patricidal lynchin'}}</span>".
 
''"Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around, turn me around, turn me around. . .'cept you darlin', you put your dad in prison <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Bevel-noose.jpg|thumb|left|300px|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|in a patricidal lynchin'}}</span>".
 
:~James Bevel
 
:~James Bevel
James Bevel felt the sting of segregation soon after his birth in 1936 when his mother refused to breastfeed him because he was black. Where others would cry, blame [[UnNews:Whitey goes to Heaven|whitey]], and carry on, Bevel just shrugged his [[wikipedia:Shoulders|shoulders]] and rolled along the hospital floor until he found other breasts to feed from. Thus began two lifelong obsessions''':''' To be free from all forms of tyranny, unfairness, oppression and injustice, and to find a natural vegetarian food supply.
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James Bevel felt the sting of segregation soon after his birth in 1936 when his mother refused to breastfeed him because he was black. Where others would cry, blame [[UnNews:Whitey goes to Heaven|whitey]], and carry on, Bevel just shrugged his baby [[wikipedia:Shoulders|shoulders]] and rolled along the hospital floor until he found other breasts to feed from. Thus began two lifelong obsessions''':''' To free himself and his country from all forms of legal tyranny, unfairness, oppression and injustice, and to find a natural vegetarian food source.
   
His associate in the Chicago Open Housing Movement, the look-at-me-I'm-sooooo-damn-[[Awesomesaurus|awesome]] Rev. [[Jesse Jackson]], would often sing-song, like a whippoorwill or a bluebird, a summary of Jim Bevel's life and career: "As a rolling stone gathers no moss, James Bevel gathered no boss. As a lad he plowed the cotton fields of [[Mississippi]], but was criticized for [[Wilhelm Reich|studying]] the fields of Mrs. Syppie. James Bevel joined and then left the U.S. Navy, then wooed and befriended some [[wikipedia:Diane Nash|mighty fine]] ladies. He went to school to become a Baptist [[Minister|preacher]], then learned to fight the Klan and become a teacher. He gave his people the tools of freedom, and later fought off the fools of tedium. Bevel stormed the gates of hell itself to give his people the right to vote, but somehow forgot to get them the right to [[California Marijuana Initiative|toke]]. He was the real creative genius of the Civil Rights era, but don't tell that to a white southern juror. Keep hope alive!"
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His associate in the [[Wikipedia:Chicago Open Housing Movement|Chicago Open Housing Movement]], the look-at-me-I'm-sooooo-damn-[[Awesomesaurus|awesome]] Rev. [[Jesse Jackson]], would often sing-song, like a whippoorwill or a bluebird, a summary of Jim Bevel's life and career: "As a rolling stone gathers no moss, James Bevel gathered no boss. As a lad he plowed the cotton fields of [[Mississippi]], but was criticized for [[Wilhelm Reich|studying]] HowTo:Fertilize the fields of Mrs. Syppie. James Bevel joined and then left the U.S. Navy, then wooed and befriended some [[wikipedia:Diane Nash|mighty fine]] ladies. He went to school to become a Baptist [[Minister|preacher]], then learned to fight the Klan and become a teacher. He gave his people the tools of freedom, and later fought off the fools of tedium. Bevel stormed the gates of hell itself to give his people the Right to Vote, but somehow forgot to get them the Right to [[California Marijuana Initiative|Toke]]. He was the real creative genius of the Civil Rights era, but don't tell that to a white southern juror. Keep hope alive!"
   
 
==Early career==
 
==Early career==
After growing up in Mississippi, Bevel tried his hand at singing, songwriting, and Navy. He kicked around for much of the 1950s, then decided to fulfill a childhood dream and end segregation. Why not, he thought, someone had to do it. Either that or take in a movie. So he and a few friends studied with a couple of [[wikipedia:Myles Horton|good]] [[wikipedia:James Lawson|teachers]], learned [[wikipedia:Mohandas Gandhi|Mohandas]] [[Mohandas Gandhi|Gandhi's]] techniques, and decided to roll the dice and give it a go.
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After growing up in Mississippi, Bevel tried his hand at singing, songwriting, and Navy. He kicked around for much of the 1950s, then decided to literally fulfill a childhood dream and end segregation. Why not, he thought, someone had to do it. Either that or take in a movie (but only if he sat in the balcony with his kind).
   
The Nashville, Tennessee college students studied Gandhi's nonviolent ramblings and [[wikipedia:Nashville sit-ins|then sat in]] at the cities' lunch counters - which refused to serve whites and blacks together unless Sammy Davis and Sinatra were in town. All they wanted to do was buy a Happy Meal. Once that worked out just fine, and they got the ketchup and/or blood stains out of their shirts, Bevel and his friends rolled the Gandhiji dice again and desegregated Nashville's movie theaters, finished up the Freedom Ride, and Bevel and {{W|Bernard Lafayette}} kick-started and worked the Mississippi Freedom Movement - all in a big-hearted attempt to keep the [[Kub Klucks Klub|Klan]] employed and on their toes.
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So James Bevel and a few friends studied with a couple of [[wikipedia:Myles Horton|really go]][[wikipedia:James Lawson|od teachers]], read about and learned [[wikipedia:Mohandas Gandhi|Mohandas]] [[Mohandas Gandhi|Gandhi's]] movement techniques, and decided to roll the dice and give it a go.
   
When all of this was accomplished, Dr. [[wikipedia:Martin Luther King, Jr.|Martin Luther King, Jr.]] - reading the runes and seeing on which side the bread was buttered - asked James Bevel to come by and meet with him in Atlanta. A transcript of this historic meeting between Rev. Bevel and Dr. King, recently uncovered in the sub-basement of the Smithstonian Institution (in a box labeled "1927 Grant Requests under review") shows that they agreed to work as equals, with neither having veto power over the other. This is called in most professions "a full partnership". In the commonly accepted American history of the period it's called "James Bevel? No, can't recall the name. Did he play for the [[Pittsburgh Steelers|Steelers]] or the [[Chicago Bears|Bears]]?"
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The small group of Nashville, Tennessee college students studied Gandhi's nonviolent ramblings and [[wikipedia:Nashville sit-ins|then sat-in]] on the seats of the cities' lunch counters. These lunch counters refused to serve blacks unless Frank and Sammy were in town. And all the black students wanted to do was to buy and taste a Happy Meal. And once that worked out just fine, and the students got the ketchup and/or blood stains out of their shirts, Bevel and his friends played the Gandhiji card once again and desegregated Nashville's movie theaters. Next, following their chairman, [[Wikipedia:Diane Nash|Diane Nash]]'s appeal, they took over and finished the Freedom Ride when many of the original riders quit after some firebombings and beatings and such. Then, after getting out of jail in Mississippi, where'd they'd been since the end of the Freedom Ride, Bevel, Nash, and {{W|Bernard Lafayette}} kick-started and worked the Mississippi Freedom Movement - all in a big-hearted loving attempt to keep their [[Kub Klucks Klub|Klan]] friends employed and on their toes.
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When all of these lunch-counter, theater, and bus ride movements were accomplished, Dr. [[wikipedia:Martin Luther King, Jr.|Martin Luther King, Jr.]] - having read the runes and seeing which side the bread was buttered - took [[Wikipedia:James Lawson|James Lawson]]'s advice and asked James Bevel to come by and meet with him in Atlanta. A transcript of this historic meeting between Rev. Bevel and Dr. King, recently uncovered in the sub-basement of the [[wikipedia:Smithsonian Institution|Smithsonian Institution]] (in a box labeled "1927 Grant Requests under review") shows that they agreed to team-up and work as equals, with neither having veto power over the other. This is called in most professions "a full partnership". In the commonly accepted American history of the period it's called "James Bevel? No, can't recall the name. Did he play for the [[Pittsburgh Steelers|Steelers]] or the [[Chicago Bears|Bears]]?"
   
 
==Dr. King's prophecy==
 
==Dr. King's prophecy==
[[File:RecordKeep.jpg|thumb|240px|'''Every [[UnNews|journalist]] and [[History 101: How Christopher Columbus discovered America|historian]] except maybe [[wikipedia:James Bevel|one]] or two, has [[Hidden|filed away]] the accurate account of James Bevel's movement leadership. All the others' combined published data on Bevel is in that box, let's see...right over there, 93 in from the right, seventh shelf down.''']]
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[[File:RecordKeep.jpg|thumb|240px|'''Every [[UnNews|journalist]] and [[History 101: How Christopher Columbus discovered America|historian]] except maybe one or three, has [[Hidden|filed away]] the accurate account of James Bevel's movement leadership. There's their stuff now, in box 93 down, third row from the top.''']]
The hidden and buried transcript of James Bevel's meeting with Dr. King, uncovered by a janitor chasing silverfish and [[Red Panda|mice]] away from the Smithstonian's storage shelves (photo, right), tells the story of Dr. King's prophetic powers:
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The buried transcript of James Bevel's meeting with Dr. King - uncovered by a janitor named Ramon while chasing silverfish and [[Red Panda|red mice]] around the Smithsonian's storage shelves (photo, right) - tells the story of Dr. King's prophetic powers:
   
King: "Well, if it isn't James Bevel! Come in, come in."
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King: "Well, well, well, if it isn't Reverend James Bevel! Come in, come in."
   
 
Bevel: "Yes sir."
 
Bevel: "Yes sir."
   
King: (in a preachy cadence interspersed with laughter) "I've heard about alllll the good things you did in Nashville. I've heard about alllllll the great work you did in Mississippi. And I've heard about your vassssst knowledge of nonviolence and how you are the only person in the country who can set-up, organize, and run a nonviolent movement."
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King: (in a preachy cadence interspersed with laughter) "I've heard about alllll the good things you did in Nashville. I've heard about alllllll the great work your doing in Mississippi. And I've heard about your vassssst knowledge of nonviolence and how you are the ooooooooonly person in the country who can set-up, organize, and run a nonviolent movement."
   
 
Bevel: "Yes sir. But Doc, why are you laughing?"
 
Bevel: "Yes sir. But Doc, why are you laughing?"
   
King: "Well, 'cause I'm a prophet too, Bevel. And you know what's gonna happen from here on in? You're gonna do [[wikipedia:African-American Civil Rights Movement|all the things]] I'll get credit for later, except my Letter from a Birmingham Jail and my [[wikipedia:Prathia Hall|Dream]] speech. And except for a stray historian or two who gets it right and posts it, you'll live out your life in utter obscurity. At least until you get convicted of having sex with your daughter. . ."
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King: "Well, 'cause I'm a prophet too, Bevel. And you know what's gonna happen from here on in? You're going to do [[wikipedia:African-American Civil Rights Movement|alllll the things]] I'll get credit for later, except my Letter from a Birmmmmmingham Jail and my [[wikipedia:Prathia Hall|Dream]] speech. And except for a stray historiannnnnnn or two who gets it right and posts it, you'll live out your life in utter obscurity. At least until you get convicted of having sex with your daughter. . ."
   
 
Bevel: "Say WHAT?? Sex with WHO NOW??? And c'mon man, quit laughing."
 
Bevel: "Say WHAT?? Sex with WHO NOW??? And c'mon man, quit laughing."
   
King: ". . .which will get you the most publicity you'll ever have while you're alive. Even then not one major news outlet will tell the truth about your career during your lifetime. Not even in your public obits, which won't get anywhere close. I'm just hoping that when people do find out about you, you mystic mudda, that they don't fuss with my monument in D.C., 'cause it ain't gonna mention you either. And when my name adorns holidays, schools, highways, and streets in every big city in America, you'll be lucky to get a parking lot named after you in [[wikipedia:Itta Bena, Mississippi|Itta Bena, Mississippi. All in all, my tiny brother, you'd better take a loooonnnng slow read of that 'A prophet in his own country is without friggin' honor' part of the [[BIBLE!|Bible]]."
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King: ". . .which will get you the most publicity you'll evvvvvver have during your lifetime. Even then not ooooone major news outlet will tell the truth about your career while you are on the Earth. Not even in your public obits, which won't get annnnnywhere near the truth. I'm just hoping that when people do find out about you, you mystic mudda, that they don't fussssssss with my monument in D.C., 'cause it ain't gonna mention you either. And when my name adornnnnns holidays, schools, highways, and streets in evvvvvvvvvery big city in America, you'll be lucky to get a parking lot named after you in [[wikipedia:Itta Bena, Mississippi|Itta Bena, Mississsssippi]]. All in all, my tiny brother, you'd better take a loooonnnng slow read of that 'A prophet is without honor in his own country' part of the [[BIBLE!|Bible]]."
   
 
Bevel: "Are you playing with me, Doc? And what's this about nailing up things about us on a telephone pole?"
 
Bevel: "Are you playing with me, Doc? And what's this about nailing up things about us on a telephone pole?"
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==The Rumble in the Chapel: The 1963 Birmingham campaign==
 
==The Rumble in the Chapel: The 1963 Birmingham campaign==
 
[[File:Sitting dog.jpg|thumb|right|240px|'''When Rev. Bevel preached to one of the Birmigham police dogs he convinced her to nonviolently sit-in at a local restaurant.''']]
 
[[File:Sitting dog.jpg|thumb|right|240px|'''When Rev. Bevel preached to one of the Birmigham police dogs he convinced her to nonviolently sit-in at a local restaurant.''']]
James Bevel then went with King to Birmingham, Alabama, to build up a movement from an unsuccessful local action which tried to end legal segregation in public schools. Bevel and King decided it was now going to be a movement to end segregation in the United States, period. So some people were arrested on small marches, including Dr. King, who wrote a nice postcard from a Birmingham jail. But nothing was ending segregation - which had a few thousand year run and wasn't going down without a fight - until Bevel initiated and organized the [[wikipedia:Birmingham campaign|children of Birmingham]] into a large nonviolent force. That set the stage for a [[wikipedia:Battle royal|battle royal]] as 50 students at a time took a walk, and the local police, dogs, cats, and high-pressure water hoses soundly objected to their outdoor hike.
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James Bevel and Dr. King then went to Birmingham, Alabama, to build up a movement from a vocal but unsuccessful local action which had tried to end legal segregation in public schools. Bevel and King decided it was now going to be a movement to end segregation in the United States, period. So some people were arrested on small marches, including Dr. King, who wrote a nice [[Wikipedia:Letter from a Birmingham jail|postcard from a Birmingham jail]] about it all. But nothing anyone was doing was ending segregation - which had a few thousand year run and wasn't going down without a fight - until James Bevel initiated and organized the [[wikipedia:Birmingham campaign|children of Birmingham]] into a large nonviolent force. That set the stage for a [[wikipedia:Battle royal|battle royal]] as 50 students at a time took a walk to City Hall to talk to Birmingham Mayor [[Wikipedia:Art Hanes|Art Hanes]] about segregation ("ah, this here segregation thing? Have you heard of it Mayor Hanes?"), and the local police, dogs, cats, and high-pressure water hoses proudly and soundly objected to their outdoor hike.
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When let loose and allowed to bite, claw, and blow, the dogs, cats, and hoses did a truly epic kick-ass-mofer job, and were given a couple of rounds on points. But the junior high and high-school students had already racked up a few points in the early rounds, mainly by not backing down when they marched out of [[wikipedia:16th Street Baptist Church|a church]] on their way to City Hall. But apparantly nobody was allowed to talk to Mayor Hanes, ever, and he took such offense at anyone even approaching him that when he heard that 50 kids at a time were trying to come ask him if he knew anything about segregation, he had hundreds of children arrested. This was ''before'' the dogs, cats, and high-pressure hoses climbed into the ring and got in their best punches. Thus, in the post-fight analysis, it was decided that the canine's, feline's, and hoses overrated manager - [[wikipedia:Bull Connor|Theophilus Eugene "Raging Bull" Connor]] - had held them back for too long.
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Bevel, who'd trained the children ("C'mon, catch the [[chicken]] Rocky. C'mon, ya tellin' me you can't do 400 jumping jacks? C'mon Rocky!") and strategized everything about their movement, came up with a [[wikipedia:John F. Kennedy|crakerjack]] new idea when Dr. King asked him to stop using the children.
   
When let loose and allowed to bite, claw, and blow, the dogs, cats, and hoses did a truly epic kick-ass job, and were given a couple of rounds on points. But the junior high and high-school students had already racked up quite a few of those in the early rounds, mainly by not backing down when they marched out of [[wikipedia:16th Street Baptist Church|a church]] on their way to City Hall. They simply gathered into groups of 50 and took a walk, intending to politely talk to the Mayor about "ah, this here segregation thing? Have you heard of it?". But apparantly nobody was allowed to talk to the Mayor, ever, and he took such offense at anyone even approaching him that when he heard that 50 kids were trying to come ask him if he knew about segregation, he had hundreds of children arrested. This was ''before'' the dogs, cats, and high-pressure fire hoses climbed in the ring and got in their best punches. In the post-fight analysis it was decided that the canine's, feline's, and hoses overrated manager - [[wikipedia:Bull Connor|Theophilus Eugene "Raging Bull" Connor]] - had held them back for too long.
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King had heard from the U.S. President and media idol, John Kennedy, who had told Dr. King through his Justice Department officials to end the children's game of dodgedog and their disgraceful public disagreements with the other animals and hoses before one of the [[dogs]] got hurt. King asked James Bevel to stop using the children, and Bevel told King "You gotta be kidding me, Doc? Hell no, I'm not going to tell the kids to go home and [[Wonder Showzen|watch TV]] just because the president is worried that we're gonna hurt some dogs! No one's gonna lift a finger against the dogs, the mutts are just following orders! But sure, yeah, we'll stop demonstrating here in Birmingham, because you know what? The children and I will take Kennedy seriously when he says 'My way or the highway'. We'll march up the highway to [[Washington, D.C.|Washington D.C.]] to have a talk with Kennedy about all this segregation bullshit!" ("Slip the jab! I didn't hear no bell, Rocky!").
   
Bevel, who'd trained the children ("C'mon, catch the [[chicken]] Rocky. C'mon, you tellin' me you can't do 400 jumping jacks? C'mon Rocky!") and strategized everything about the student movement, came up with a [[wikipedia:John F. Kennedy|crakerjack]] new idea when Dr. King asked him to stop using the children. King had heard from U.S. President and media idol, John Kennedy, who told King to end the children's game of dodgedog and their public disagreements with the other animals and hoses. The President worried that the [[dogs]] might get hurt. King asked James Bevel to stop using the children, and Bevel told King "You gotta be kidding me Doc? Hell no, I'm not going to tell the kids to go home and [[Wonder Showzen|watch TV]] just because the president is worried that we're gonna hurt some dogs! No one's gonna lift a finger against the dogs, the mutts are just following orders! But sure, yeah, we'll stop demonstrating here in Birmingham, because you know what? The children and I will take Kennedy seriously when he says 'My way or the highway'. We'll march up the highway to [[Washington, D.C.|Washington D.C.]] to have a talk with Kennedy about all this segregation bullshit!" ("Slip the jab! I didn't hear no bell, Rocky!").
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King saw the logic of this strategy, and also knew that Bevel - who was SCLC's Director of Direct Action - would do his darndest deeds with or without his approval. So King agreed to the plan, Bevel announced it to the children, and the students got ready to pack their bags and put on their hiking boots.
   
King saw the logic of this nonviolent strategy, and also knew that Bevel - who was SCLC's Director of Direct Action - would do his darndest deeds with or without his approval. So King agreed to the plan, Bevel announced it to the children, and the students got ready to pack their bags and put on their hiking boots. When the Kennedy clan heard about this they were all like spastic and "WTF!" and [[wikipedia:Pierre Salinger|one of them]] ran into the Oval Office. "Prez, that crazy Bevel is going to march the Birmingham children to D.C.! By the time they get here there'll be a million [[Suddenly, 'coons|coons]], [[Hippies|hippies]], and do-gooders on the highway. We've got to give them a Civil Rights Bill or something. JFK? Jack, can you hear me? Oh, hi [[Marilyn Monroe|Marilyn]], I didn't see you under the desk there."
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When the Kennedy clan heard about this they were all like "WTF!" and [[wikipedia:Pierre Salinger|one of them]] ran into the Oval Office. "Prez, that crazy Bevel is going to march the Birmingham children to D.C.! By the time they get here there'll be a million [[Suddenly, 'coons|coons]], [[Hippies|hippies]], and do-gooders on the highway. We've got to give them a Civil Rights Bill or something. JFK? Jack? Can you hear me? Oh, hi [[Marilyn Monroe|Marilyn]], I didn't see you under the desk there."
   
And that's how the children won! In a tenth-round knockout! And it's how the 1964 Civil Rights Act came about, why Rev. Bevel's 1963 March on Washington morphed into Dr. King's well-known celebration, and how Jack's girlfriend Marilyn was an eyewitness to some pretty cool history, (from an All-American [[Oral sex|kneeling position]] of course).
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And that's how the children won in a tenth-round knockout! And it's how the 1964 Civil Rights Act came about, why Rev. Bevel morphed his 1963 March to Washington into Dr. King's well-known celebration in Washington, and how Jack's girlfriend Marilyn was an eyewitness to some pretty cool history (from an All-American [[Oral sex|kneeling position]] of course).
   
 
==The Selma Voting Rights Movement or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Baton==
 
==The Selma Voting Rights Movement or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Baton==
The next thing you know four young Birmingham kids were blown up. In the same church where Bevel had trained their fellow students. Damn, that was cold. That's when Bevel and his wife - [[wikipedia:Diane Nash|Diane Nash]], one of the foremost Nashville student activists - blew a gasket themselves. They huffed and puffed and yabbered on, telling King and anyone else who would listen that they were going to get negr. . .umm, the col. . .wait, African Americans, yeah, African Americans, the right to vote. To actually walk into voting booths next to white people and elect America's corrupt politicians for themselves.
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The next thing you know four young Birmingham kids were blown up in the same church where Bevel had trained their fellow students. Damn, that was cold. That's when Bevel and Diane Nash blew a gasket themselves. They huffed and puffed and yabbered on, at first only interested in murdering the murderers, and then telling King and anyone else who'd listen that the only way to make sure that these bombings never happened again was to get negr. . .umm, the col. . .wait, African Americans, yeah, African Americans, the right to vote. To actually be able to walk into voting booths next to white people and elect America's corrupt politicians for themselves.
 
[[File:King-Johnson.jpg|thumb|200px|'''"I dunno about you King, but Brother Bevel's startin' to give me a pain in my fragile Texas ass"<br>"Just sign the Voting Rights Bill and smile, Lyndon"''']]
 
[[File:King-Johnson.jpg|thumb|200px|'''"I dunno about you King, but Brother Bevel's startin' to give me a pain in my fragile Texas ass"<br>"Just sign the Voting Rights Bill and smile, Lyndon"''']]
Everyone laughed like the dickens at Bevel and Nash's pipedream. "Bevel," they told him, "give me some of what you're smoking because I'm plum out of the good stuff." After giving them some of his [[wikipedia:Hashish|good stuff]], Rev. Bevel went ahead and organized the people of Alabama.
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Everyone laughed like the [[Charles Dickens|dickens]] at Bevel and Nash's pipedream. "Bevel," they told him, "give me some of what you're smoking because I'm plum out of the good stuff." After giving them some of his [[wikipedia:Hashish|good stuff]], Rev. Bevel went ahead and organized the people of Alabama.
   
James Bevel did this for well over a year, just he and Nash and [[wikipedia:James Orange|a friend]] [[wikipedia:Bernard Lafayette|or th]][[wikipedia:Amelia Boynton|ree]], without King or anyone else over at SCLC helping them. Oh sure, they sent Bevel a fruitcake at Christmas, a "Happy Birthday" card signed by "Everyone here at the front office", and a group photo of them in the [[wikipedia:St. Augustine Movement|Florida sun]]. But even as Bevel would report their ongoing progress as an agenda item at major SCLC's staff and Board meetings, none of them came by to lend a hand until early 1965. By this time the whole state and the city of Selma were pumped up and ready to go.
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James Bevel, the SCLC's Director of Direct Action, did this for well over a year, just he and Nash and [[wikipedia:James Orange|a friend]] [[wikipedia:Bernard Lafayette|or th]][[wikipedia:Amelia Boynton|ree]], without King or anyone else over at SCLC helping them. Oh sure, they'd sent Bevel a fruitcake every Christmas, a "Happy Birthday" card signed by "Everyone here at the front office", and a group photo of them in the [[wikipedia:St. Augustine Movement|Florida sun]]. But even as Bevel would report his ongoing progress in Alabama as a regular agenda item at major SCLC's staff and Board meetings, none of them came by to lend a hand until early 1965. By this time the whole state and the city of Selma were pumped up and ready to go.
   
 
Rev. Bevel then worked the participants of this single-focus Selma Movement like slaves. "Slavedriver Bevel" they'd call him. "Massa Jim". And all he did was line them up along the sidewalk at the voter's registars office, where they'd wait patiently, hour after hour, day after day, decade after decade, for the office to open. Which, or course, it never did. Sometimes they'd sing or dance to entertain the cracke. . .the gestap. . .the racis. . .ah, white policemen. Other times, when they were really bored, they'd get in the way of a police baton just to see what color their blood ran. But what they mainly did was line-up, Monday through Friday, waiting for the registars office to open. And wait...and wait...
 
Rev. Bevel then worked the participants of this single-focus Selma Movement like slaves. "Slavedriver Bevel" they'd call him. "Massa Jim". And all he did was line them up along the sidewalk at the voter's registars office, where they'd wait patiently, hour after hour, day after day, decade after decade, for the office to open. Which, or course, it never did. Sometimes they'd sing or dance to entertain the cracke. . .the gestap. . .the racis. . .ah, white policemen. Other times, when they were really bored, they'd get in the way of a police baton just to see what color their blood ran. But what they mainly did was line-up, Monday through Friday, waiting for the registars office to open. And wait...and wait...
   
In the evenings it was an entirely different story. King, Bevel, [[wikipedia:Ralph Abernathy|Ralph Abernathy]], [[wikipedia:Andrew Young|Andy Young]] and [[wikipedia:C.T.Vivian|C.T. Vivian]] would preach, teach, and squeech in the churches, and Bevel would plan the next days standing-in-line ("OK, stand in line, and don't get angry when they whoop ya", pretty much covered it). Then one night, after an evening march organized by C.T. Vivian, [[wikipedia:Jimmie Lee Jackson|a young man]] was shot and later got around to [[HowTo:Go into the light|dying]]. James Bevel knew that he better get these angry negr. . .colore. . .these angry African-American's mind's off of getting revenge and let them vent a little. What he thought of doing, after walking around and around outside of Selma's Torch Motel, was to keep on walking, and he invited everyone to join him on a healthy 50-mile carb-burning march to Mongtgomery to have a polite talk with Alabama's Governor, [[wikipedia:George Wallace|George "Jumpin' n' Jivin'" Wallace]]. Just like Mohandas Gandhi, who hiked 240 miles to get some salt from the sea, Bevel sure loved to walk on highways.
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In the evenings it was an entirely different story. King, Bevel, [[wikipedia:Ralph Abernathy|Ralph Abernathy]], [[wikipedia:Andrew Young|Andy Young]] and [[wikipedia:C.T.Vivian|C.T. Vivian]] would preach, teach, and squeech in the churches, and Bevel would plan the next days standing-in-line ("OK, stand in line, and don't get angry when they whoop ya", pretty much covered it). Then one night, after an evening march organized by C.T. Vivian, [[wikipedia:Jimmie Lee Jackson|a young man]] was shot and later got around to [[HowTo:Go into the light|dying]]. James Bevel knew that he better get these angry negr. . .colore. . .these angry African-American's mind's off of getting revenge, and find a way to let them vent a little. What he thought of doing, after walking around and around outside of Selma's Torch Motel, was to just keep on walking, and he invited everyone to join him on a healthy 50-mile carb-burning march to Mongtgomery to have a polite talk with Alabama's Governor, [[wikipedia:George Wallace|George "Jump n' Jive" Wallace]] about the young man's murder. Just like Mohandas Gandhi, who hiked 240 miles to gather some salt from the sea for his lentils and rice, Bevel sure loved to walk on highways.
   
The rest, as they say, is history. Because when the people started to walk to Montgomery they hadn't even crossed the first bridge when they came to it before the Alabama State Troopers and Selma police accidently rioted and mistakenly broke some heads. Clumsily dropping some tear gas, and inadvertently bumping their horses into the marchers to make them wail like they'd seen [[Ghosts never seem to play fair|a ghost]], by the time the batons finished flying, the television cameras stopped broadcasting, and the Troopers and police broke for lunch, a [[Hillbillies|southern white boy]] by the name of [[Lyndon Baines Johnson]] told Congress and the American people that it was "time to give these darki. . .ah, ne. . .ah, ya'll know what I mean, the vote".
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The rest, as they say, is history. Because when the people started to walk to Montgomery they hadn't even crossed the first bridge when they came to it before the Alabama State Troopers and Selma police accidently rioted and mistakenly broke some heads. Clumsily dropping some tear gas, and inadvertently bumping their horses into the marchers to make them wail like they'd seen [[Ghosts never seem to play fair|a ghost]], by the time the batons finished flying, the television cameras stopped broadcasting, and the Troopers and police broke for lunch, a [[Hillbillies|southern white boy]] by the name of [[Lyndon Baines Johnson]] was ordering Congress and telling the American people that it was "time to give these darki. . .ah, ne. . .ah, ya'll know what I mean, the vote".
   
And vote they did. And they kept on voting as the years went by, and by the time they got done voting a fellow by the name of [[Barack Obama]] was strolling around the Oval Office like he damn well owned the place.
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And vote they did. And as the years went by they kept on voting, and by the time they got done voting a fellow by the name of [[Barack Obama]] was strolling around the Oval Office like he damn well owned the place.
   
 
==Later life==
 
==Later life==
[[File:Pa neh 38.jpg|thumb|348px|'''When people walked from Selma to Montgomery in 1963 it got cloudy. It was only after he died in 2008 that James Bevel's face was [[James Bevel/James Bevel's face in the cloud|found in the clouds of this famous photograph, check this link for the scary details]]. Moral: Each cloud has a silver lining - and usually a face or two.''']]
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[[File:Beveltint.jpg|thumb|348px|'''After he died, James Bevel's face was [[Guidebook to the Voting Rights Movement related faces in the cloud|found in the clouds of an iconic photograph]] which was taken on the Selma march. Moral: Each cloud has a silver lining - and usually a face or twelve.''']]
Meanwhile James Bevel still had to finish off segregation, now on its last wobbly legs except for the women, gay, and midget things. All that was pretty much left was freedom of choice in housing. So Bevel, of course, initiated and successfully ran the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement (he did ''that'' one too? Who'd of thunk it?). Then, not one to sit around for long and itching to start walking, Rev. Bevel, at the bequest of [[wikipedia:David Dellinger|peace]][[wikipedia:A.J. Mustie|niks]], North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh, and hippie babes Wildflower and Sunshine, headed up to New York to run the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. There he called for and organized the biggest march in American history - the 1967 march on the [[United Nations]]. At that event he called for everone to take ''another'' walk in Washington. That became the famous 1967 March on the Pentagon where [[wikipedia:Abbie Hoffman|Abbie Hoffman]], [[wikipedia:Allen Ginsburg|Allen Ginsburg]] and their [[Chicago Seven|yippie cohorts]] levitated the building a few feet off the ground, spun it around a few times, quickly got bored, left it floating there, and went out back to smoke more of Bevel's good stuff.
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Meanwhile James Bevel still had to finish off legal segregation, now on its last wobbly legs - well, except for the women, gay, and midget things. All that was pretty much left to do in the 1960s on that playing field was to obtain freedom of choice in housing. So Bevel, of course, initiated and successfully ran the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement (what? he did ''that'' one too? who'd of thunk it!). Then, not one to just sit around for long, and itching to start walking somewhere again, Rev. Bevel, at the bequest of [[wikipedia:David Dellinger|peace]][[wikipedia:A.J. Mustie|niks]], North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh, and hippie babes Wildflower and Sunshine, headed up to New York to run the [[wikipedia:National Mobilization Commttee to End the War in Vietnam|Anti-Vietnam War Movement]]. Once there he called for and organized the biggest march in American history - the [[Wikipedia:National Mobilization Committee to end the War in Vietnam|1967 March on the]] [[United Nations]]. At that event he asked everone to take ''another'' walk in Washington. That became the famous 1967 [[wikipedia:National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam|March on the Pentagon]] where [[wikipedia:Abbie Hoffman|Abbie Hoffman]], [[wikipedia:Allen Ginsburg|Allen Ginsburg]], [[Wikipedia:Ed Sanders|Ed Sanders]] and their [[Chicago Seven|yippie cohorts]] levitated the building a few feet off the ground, spun it around a few times, got bored, left it floating there, and went out back to smoke some more of Bevel's good stuff.
   
Soon, [[Ireland|yadda]] [[Lyndon LaRouche|yadda]] [[wikipedia:Nelson Mandela|yadda]], then Bevel and Minister Louis Farrakhan played well together and co-initiated the ''next'' largest demonstration in American history - the Million Man March. Then [[Incest|yadda]], [[Prison|yadda]], [[Cancer|yadda]], and it was only a month before [[user:President Barack Obama|President Obama]] took office that James Bevel decided to start lying around in a [[Cemetery of the Absurd|cemetery]] not far from Selma, thus fulfilling Dr. King's [[HowTo:Predict the Weather|prediction]] to a "T".
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Soon, [[Ireland|yadda]] [[Lyndon LaRouche|yadda]] [[wikipedia:Nelson Mandela|yadda]], then Bevel and Minister Louis Farrakhan played well together and co-initiated the ''next'' largest demonstration in American history - the Day of Atonement Million Man March. Then [[Incest|yadda]], [[Prison|yadda]], [[Cancer|yadda]], and it was only a month before [[user:President Barack Obama|President Obama]] took office that James Bevel decided to start lying around in a [[Cemetery of the Absurd|cemetery]] not far from Selma, thus fulfilling Dr. King's [[HowTo:Predict the Weather|prediction]] to a "T".
   
As for the daughter thing, well, yeah, maybe [[Criminal Mastermind|he did]] and maybe [[wikipedia:Framed (1947 film)|he didn't]] - although he said he was innocent. While Bevel's incest conviction will forever ride with him in the afterlife, it's actually no skin off the elephant's nose, because Bevel, like Gandhi, never claimed to be a good man or a [[wikipedia:New Orleans Saints|saint]]. In fact both of them claimed the opposite, and they both might have killed a guy. Maybe you have to have that [[Tantra|kind of]] anger energy in you to be a movement leader, but have it so well tamed that, like Gandhi and Bevel, you can let it out and stop it at will to accent or emhasize a point. And also, like Gandhi, Bevel, and especially King, you can radiate out that same amount of energy as love, walk among your enemies, and let [[HowTo:Get a suntan|them bask]] in the output. Just try not to be accused of [[The Shining|shining]] that little light of yours on your daughter, unless you happen to be [[wikipedia:Jason Alexander|Jon Voight]].
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As for the daughter thing, well, yeah, maybe [[Criminal Mastermind|he did]] and maybe [[wikipedia:Framed (1947 film)|he didn't]]. He said he was innocent. While Bevel's incest conviction will forever ride with him into the afterlife, it's actually no skin off the elephant's nose, because Bevel, like Gandhi, never claimed to be a good man or a [[wikipedia:New Orleans Saints|saint]]. In fact both of them claimed the opposite, and they both might have killed a guy. Maybe you have to have that [[Tantra|kind of]] anger energy in you to be a movement leader, but have it so well tamed that, like Gandhi and Bevel, you can let it out and stop it at will, to accent or emphasize a point, to talk to and inspire groups of people, or to give a piece of your mind to telephone solicitors. And also, like Gandhi, Bevel, and especially King, you can radiate out that same amount of energy as love, walk among your enemies, and let [[HowTo:Get a suntan|them bask]] in the output. Just try not to be accused of [[The Shining|shining]] that little light of yours onto your daughter.
 
 
So now there he is, this principled, righteous, and maybe incestous fellow whose accomplishments equal those of Americans like [[wikipedia:George Washington|George Washington]], [[wikipedia:Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson]], [[John Adams]], Dr. King, and [[wikipedia:James Madison|James Madison]], resting in obscure peace in a <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Bevel-canoe.jpg|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|wooden canoe like it's the Tomb of the Unknown Activist}}</span>. Serves James Bevel right that almost every historian, journalist, and monument builder on national malls ignore him and his real story. Bevel didn't really mind that when he was alive, it saved on everyday wear and tear and was a source of amusement. But then what, hiding his grave away so that tourists, vandals, pilgrims, and BET will actually have to do some digging to find it? More likely Bevel was just trying to straighten out some history, <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Tarimmummy.JPG|thumb|270px|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|have the last laugh}}</span>, and get some alone time while sailing gently down the stream'''...'''
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So now there he is, this principled, righteous, and maybe incestous fellow whose accomplishments equal those of Americans like [[wikipedia:George Washington|George Washington]], [[wikipedia:Thomas Jefferson|Thomas Jefferson]], [[John Adams]], Dr. King, and [[wikipedia:James Madison|James Madison]], resting in obscure peace in a <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Bevel-canoe.jpg|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|wooden canoe like it's the Tomb of the Unknown Activist}}</span>. Serves James Bevel right that almost every historian, journalist, and monument builder on National Malls ignore him and his real story. Bevel didn't really mind that when he was alive, it saved on everyday wear and tear and was a source of amusement. But then what, hiding his own grave away so that tourists, vandals, pilgrims, and BET will actually have to do some research to find it? More likely Bevel was just trying to straighten out some history, <span class="sigexpand"><span class="sighidden" style="position: absolute; z-index: 5;"><div style="position: relative; height: 50px; left:0px; bottom:80px">[[File:Tarimmummy.JPG|thumb|270px|left|link=]]</div></span>{{fakelink|have the last laugh}}</span>, and get in some alone time while sailing gently down the stream'''...'''
   
   
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James Bevel with his eyes on the prize

James Bevel (1936-2008) Who now? Doesn't ring a bell, does it? Gong. Well, the bell is a'soundin'.

There was this American fellow, James Bevel, who initiated and organized the main events of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and then turned around twice and initiated the first large-scale protests of the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. He freed his people, focused the world's attention on peace, and used Mohandas Gandhi's tactics to change America's racial situation
Mandinka
from one thing
to another. Called "The Father of Voting Rights" and the "Architect of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement", Bevel planned all of the major successful 1960s movements except for the Freedom Rides, taught their participants how to carry them out, and swept out the churches in his spare time.

Then, in 2005 his daughter claimed he needed more movement, and suddenly "remembered" how in 1992 he wanted to have sex with her!

James Bevel, to quote the learned ones of wikipedia, "as Director of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) - the two main posts in that organization - initiated, organized, strategized, and directed the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade, the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement, the 1966 KKK Licking Our Wounds Day (LOWD), and the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement. He also called and initially organized the 1963 March on Washington, initiated and directed the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March, undertook the 1967 One Man March to "GetOuttaHere'foreMyHusbandComesHome!", and created and directed the massive 1967 Anti-Vietnam War March on the United Nations which solidified the anti-war movement. Then, just for good measure and to break up the boredom, he co-initiated the 1995 Million Man March".

Finally tiring of so much organizing, marching, and sweeping, and forcefully claiming his innocence of having had sex with his daughter in 1992 (to accent the point he often wore a lynchin'-rope around his neck instead of its polar-opposite, a necktie), Bevel sat in prison for a spell in 2008. Enduring BET, prison food, and that "Come closer, Clarice" guy down the hall, he finally said "Enough of this shit!", and up and died.

Few have heard of James Bevel, yet as a twenty-something he definitely used nonviolent methods to free his people and change every society on earth. Then, three decades later, as a geezer-something, he allegedly tried to occupy his daughter?

Settle in friends, Romans, and countrymen, and lend me your beers.

edit James Bevel's early life, then some testimony by Jesse Jackson

Verypleasedwoman

Is that a book by Gandhi in your pocket...?

"Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around, turn me around, turn me around. . .'cept you darlin', you put your dad in prison
Bevel-noose
in a patricidal lynchin'
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~James Bevel

James Bevel felt the sting of segregation soon after his birth in 1936 when his mother refused to breastfeed him because he was black. Where others would cry, blame whitey, and carry on, Bevel just shrugged his baby shoulders and rolled along the hospital floor until he found other breasts to feed from. Thus began two lifelong obsessions: To free himself and his country from all forms of legal tyranny, unfairness, oppression and injustice, and to find a natural vegetarian food source.

His associate in the Chicago Open Housing Movement, the look-at-me-I'm-sooooo-damn-awesome Rev. Jesse Jackson, would often sing-song, like a whippoorwill or a bluebird, a summary of Jim Bevel's life and career: "As a rolling stone gathers no moss, James Bevel gathered no boss. As a lad he plowed the cotton fields of Mississippi, but was criticized for studying HowTo:Fertilize the fields of Mrs. Syppie. James Bevel joined and then left the U.S. Navy, then wooed and befriended some mighty fine ladies. He went to school to become a Baptist preacher, then learned to fight the Klan and become a teacher. He gave his people the tools of freedom, and later fought off the fools of tedium. Bevel stormed the gates of hell itself to give his people the Right to Vote, but somehow forgot to get them the Right to Toke. He was the real creative genius of the Civil Rights era, but don't tell that to a white southern juror. Keep hope alive!"

edit Early career

After growing up in Mississippi, Bevel tried his hand at singing, songwriting, and Navy. He kicked around for much of the 1950s, then decided to literally fulfill a childhood dream and end segregation. Why not, he thought, someone had to do it. Either that or take in a movie (but only if he sat in the balcony with his kind).

So James Bevel and a few friends studied with a couple of really good teachers, read about and learned Mohandas Gandhi's movement techniques, and decided to roll the dice and give it a go.

The small group of Nashville, Tennessee college students studied Gandhi's nonviolent ramblings and then sat-in on the seats of the cities' lunch counters. These lunch counters refused to serve blacks unless Frank and Sammy were in town. And all the black students wanted to do was to buy and taste a Happy Meal. And once that worked out just fine, and the students got the ketchup and/or blood stains out of their shirts, Bevel and his friends played the Gandhiji card once again and desegregated Nashville's movie theaters. Next, following their chairman, Diane Nash's appeal, they took over and finished the Freedom Ride when many of the original riders quit after some firebombings and beatings and such. Then, after getting out of jail in Mississippi, where'd they'd been since the end of the Freedom Ride, Bevel, Nash, and Bernard Lafayette kick-started and worked the Mississippi Freedom Movement - all in a big-hearted loving attempt to keep their Klan friends employed and on their toes.

When all of these lunch-counter, theater, and bus ride movements were accomplished, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - having read the runes and seeing which side the bread was buttered - took James Lawson's advice and asked James Bevel to come by and meet with him in Atlanta. A transcript of this historic meeting between Rev. Bevel and Dr. King, recently uncovered in the sub-basement of the Smithsonian Institution (in a box labeled "1927 Grant Requests under review") shows that they agreed to team-up and work as equals, with neither having veto power over the other. This is called in most professions "a full partnership". In the commonly accepted American history of the period it's called "James Bevel? No, can't recall the name. Did he play for the Steelers or the Bears?"

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RecordKeep

Every journalist and historian except maybe one or three, has filed away the accurate account of James Bevel's movement leadership. There's their stuff now, in box 93 down, third row from the top.

The buried transcript of James Bevel's meeting with Dr. King - uncovered by a janitor named Ramon while chasing silverfish and red mice around the Smithsonian's storage shelves (photo, right) - tells the story of Dr. King's prophetic powers:

King: "Well, well, well, if it isn't Reverend James Bevel! Come in, come in."

Bevel: "Yes sir."

King: (in a preachy cadence interspersed with laughter) "I've heard about alllll the good things you did in Nashville. I've heard about alllllll the great work your doing in Mississippi. And I've heard about your vassssst knowledge of nonviolence and how you are the ooooooooonly person in the country who can set-up, organize, and run a nonviolent movement."

Bevel: "Yes sir. But Doc, why are you laughing?"

King: "Well, 'cause I'm a prophet too, Bevel. And you know what's gonna happen from here on in? You're going to do alllll the things I'll get credit for later, except my Letter from a Birmmmmmingham Jail and my Dream speech. And except for a stray historiannnnnnn or two who gets it right and posts it, you'll live out your life in utter obscurity. At least until you get convicted of having sex with your daughter. . ."

Bevel: "Say WHAT?? Sex with WHO NOW??? And c'mon man, quit laughing."

King: ". . .which will get you the most publicity you'll evvvvvver have during your lifetime. Even then not ooooone major news outlet will tell the truth about your career while you are on the Earth. Not even in your public obits, which won't get annnnnywhere near the truth. I'm just hoping that when people do find out about you, you mystic mudda, that they don't fussssssss with my monument in D.C., 'cause it ain't gonna mention you either. And when my name adornnnnns holidays, schools, highways, and streets in evvvvvvvvvery big city in America, you'll be lucky to get a parking lot named after you in Itta Bena, Mississsssippi. All in all, my tiny brother, you'd better take a loooonnnng slow read of that 'A prophet is without honor in his own country' part of the Bible."

Bevel: "Are you playing with me, Doc? And what's this about nailing up things about us on a telephone pole?"

King: "No, no, Bevel. 'Post' it on something called an innernest web."

Bevel: "A web? Damn spiders be writin' the history of the future? Ah, and Doc, what's this about my obits?"

King: "Yes, you will livvvvvve in obscurity for 72 years, see a youngggggg black man elected President, then be buriiiied in a 17-foot canoe a month before he takes office."

Bevel: "A black President? Doc, you do get carried away, are you high on something?"

King: "Not as high as you, Bevel!!"

(They both laugh, then the chairman of SCLC and the leader of the student movement shake hands and make their historic agreement on working the Civil Rights Movement together, with both having free reign and neither having veto power over the other. King goes off to write while Bevel looks for someone to strategize with.)

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Sitting dog

When Rev. Bevel preached to one of the Birmigham police dogs he convinced her to nonviolently sit-in at a local restaurant.

James Bevel and Dr. King then went to Birmingham, Alabama, to build up a movement from a vocal but unsuccessful local action which had tried to end legal segregation in public schools. Bevel and King decided it was now going to be a movement to end segregation in the United States, period. So some people were arrested on small marches, including Dr. King, who wrote a nice postcard from a Birmingham jail about it all. But nothing anyone was doing was ending segregation - which had a few thousand year run and wasn't going down without a fight - until James Bevel initiated and organized the children of Birmingham into a large nonviolent force. That set the stage for a battle royal as 50 students at a time took a walk to City Hall to talk to Birmingham Mayor Art Hanes about segregation ("ah, this here segregation thing? Have you heard of it Mayor Hanes?"), and the local police, dogs, cats, and high-pressure water hoses proudly and soundly objected to their outdoor hike.

When let loose and allowed to bite, claw, and blow, the dogs, cats, and hoses did a truly epic kick-ass-mofer job, and were given a couple of rounds on points. But the junior high and high-school students had already racked up a few points in the early rounds, mainly by not backing down when they marched out of a church on their way to City Hall. But apparantly nobody was allowed to talk to Mayor Hanes, ever, and he took such offense at anyone even approaching him that when he heard that 50 kids at a time were trying to come ask him if he knew anything about segregation, he had hundreds of children arrested. This was before the dogs, cats, and high-pressure hoses climbed into the ring and got in their best punches. Thus, in the post-fight analysis, it was decided that the canine's, feline's, and hoses overrated manager - Theophilus Eugene "Raging Bull" Connor - had held them back for too long.

Bevel, who'd trained the children ("C'mon, catch the chicken Rocky. C'mon, ya tellin' me you can't do 400 jumping jacks? C'mon Rocky!") and strategized everything about their movement, came up with a crakerjack new idea when Dr. King asked him to stop using the children.

King had heard from the U.S. President and media idol, John Kennedy, who had told Dr. King through his Justice Department officials to end the children's game of dodgedog and their disgraceful public disagreements with the other animals and hoses before one of the dogs got hurt. King asked James Bevel to stop using the children, and Bevel told King "You gotta be kidding me, Doc? Hell no, I'm not going to tell the kids to go home and watch TV just because the president is worried that we're gonna hurt some dogs! No one's gonna lift a finger against the dogs, the mutts are just following orders! But sure, yeah, we'll stop demonstrating here in Birmingham, because you know what? The children and I will take Kennedy seriously when he says 'My way or the highway'. We'll march up the highway to Washington D.C. to have a talk with Kennedy about all this segregation bullshit!" ("Slip the jab! I didn't hear no bell, Rocky!").

King saw the logic of this strategy, and also knew that Bevel - who was SCLC's Director of Direct Action - would do his darndest deeds with or without his approval. So King agreed to the plan, Bevel announced it to the children, and the students got ready to pack their bags and put on their hiking boots.

When the Kennedy clan heard about this they were all like "WTF!" and one of them ran into the Oval Office. "Prez, that crazy Bevel is going to march the Birmingham children to D.C.! By the time they get here there'll be a million coons, hippies, and do-gooders on the highway. We've got to give them a Civil Rights Bill or something. JFK? Jack? Can you hear me? Oh, hi Marilyn, I didn't see you under the desk there."

And that's how the children won in a tenth-round knockout! And it's how the 1964 Civil Rights Act came about, why Rev. Bevel morphed his 1963 March to Washington into Dr. King's well-known celebration in Washington, and how Jack's girlfriend Marilyn was an eyewitness to some pretty cool history (from an All-American kneeling position of course).

edit The Selma Voting Rights Movement or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Baton

The next thing you know four young Birmingham kids were blown up in the same church where Bevel had trained their fellow students. Damn, that was cold. That's when Bevel and Diane Nash blew a gasket themselves. They huffed and puffed and yabbered on, at first only interested in murdering the murderers, and then telling King and anyone else who'd listen that the only way to make sure that these bombings never happened again was to get negr. . .umm, the col. . .wait, African Americans, yeah, African Americans, the right to vote. To actually be able to walk into voting booths next to white people and elect America's corrupt politicians for themselves.

King-Johnson

"I dunno about you King, but Brother Bevel's startin' to give me a pain in my fragile Texas ass"
"Just sign the Voting Rights Bill and smile, Lyndon"

Everyone laughed like the dickens at Bevel and Nash's pipedream. "Bevel," they told him, "give me some of what you're smoking because I'm plum out of the good stuff." After giving them some of his good stuff, Rev. Bevel went ahead and organized the people of Alabama.

James Bevel, the SCLC's Director of Direct Action, did this for well over a year, just he and Nash and a friend or three, without King or anyone else over at SCLC helping them. Oh sure, they'd sent Bevel a fruitcake every Christmas, a "Happy Birthday" card signed by "Everyone here at the front office", and a group photo of them in the Florida sun. But even as Bevel would report his ongoing progress in Alabama as a regular agenda item at major SCLC's staff and Board meetings, none of them came by to lend a hand until early 1965. By this time the whole state and the city of Selma were pumped up and ready to go.

Rev. Bevel then worked the participants of this single-focus Selma Movement like slaves. "Slavedriver Bevel" they'd call him. "Massa Jim". And all he did was line them up along the sidewalk at the voter's registars office, where they'd wait patiently, hour after hour, day after day, decade after decade, for the office to open. Which, or course, it never did. Sometimes they'd sing or dance to entertain the cracke. . .the gestap. . .the racis. . .ah, white policemen. Other times, when they were really bored, they'd get in the way of a police baton just to see what color their blood ran. But what they mainly did was line-up, Monday through Friday, waiting for the registars office to open. And wait...and wait...

In the evenings it was an entirely different story. King, Bevel, Ralph Abernathy, Andy Young and C.T. Vivian would preach, teach, and squeech in the churches, and Bevel would plan the next days standing-in-line ("OK, stand in line, and don't get angry when they whoop ya", pretty much covered it). Then one night, after an evening march organized by C.T. Vivian, a young man was shot and later got around to dying. James Bevel knew that he better get these angry negr. . .colore. . .these angry African-American's mind's off of getting revenge, and find a way to let them vent a little. What he thought of doing, after walking around and around outside of Selma's Torch Motel, was to just keep on walking, and he invited everyone to join him on a healthy 50-mile carb-burning march to Mongtgomery to have a polite talk with Alabama's Governor, George "Jump n' Jive" Wallace about the young man's murder. Just like Mohandas Gandhi, who hiked 240 miles to gather some salt from the sea for his lentils and rice, Bevel sure loved to walk on highways.

The rest, as they say, is history. Because when the people started to walk to Montgomery they hadn't even crossed the first bridge when they came to it before the Alabama State Troopers and Selma police accidently rioted and mistakenly broke some heads. Clumsily dropping some tear gas, and inadvertently bumping their horses into the marchers to make them wail like they'd seen a ghost, by the time the batons finished flying, the television cameras stopped broadcasting, and the Troopers and police broke for lunch, a southern white boy by the name of Lyndon Baines Johnson was ordering Congress and telling the American people that it was "time to give these darki. . .ah, ne. . .ah, ya'll know what I mean, the vote".

And vote they did. And as the years went by they kept on voting, and by the time they got done voting a fellow by the name of Barack Obama was strolling around the Oval Office like he damn well owned the place.

edit Later life

Beveltint

After he died, James Bevel's face was found in the clouds of an iconic photograph which was taken on the Selma march. Moral: Each cloud has a silver lining - and usually a face or twelve.

Meanwhile James Bevel still had to finish off legal segregation, now on its last wobbly legs - well, except for the women, gay, and midget things. All that was pretty much left to do in the 1960s on that playing field was to obtain freedom of choice in housing. So Bevel, of course, initiated and successfully ran the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement (what? he did that one too? who'd of thunk it!). Then, not one to just sit around for long, and itching to start walking somewhere again, Rev. Bevel, at the bequest of peaceniks, North Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh, and hippie babes Wildflower and Sunshine, headed up to New York to run the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. Once there he called for and organized the biggest march in American history - the 1967 March on the United Nations. At that event he asked everone to take another walk in Washington. That became the famous 1967 March on the Pentagon where Abbie Hoffman, Allen Ginsburg, Ed Sanders and their yippie cohorts levitated the building a few feet off the ground, spun it around a few times, got bored, left it floating there, and went out back to smoke some more of Bevel's good stuff.

Soon, yadda yadda yadda, then Bevel and Minister Louis Farrakhan played well together and co-initiated the next largest demonstration in American history - the Day of Atonement Million Man March. Then yadda, yadda, yadda, and it was only a month before President Obama took office that James Bevel decided to start lying around in a cemetery not far from Selma, thus fulfilling Dr. King's prediction to a "T".

As for the daughter thing, well, yeah, maybe he did and maybe he didn't. He said he was innocent. While Bevel's incest conviction will forever ride with him into the afterlife, it's actually no skin off the elephant's nose, because Bevel, like Gandhi, never claimed to be a good man or a saint. In fact both of them claimed the opposite, and they both might have killed a guy. Maybe you have to have that kind of anger energy in you to be a movement leader, but have it so well tamed that, like Gandhi and Bevel, you can let it out and stop it at will, to accent or emphasize a point, to talk to and inspire groups of people, or to give a piece of your mind to telephone solicitors. And also, like Gandhi, Bevel, and especially King, you can radiate out that same amount of energy as love, walk among your enemies, and let them bask in the output. Just try not to be accused of shining that little light of yours onto your daughter.

So now there he is, this principled, righteous, and maybe incestous fellow whose accomplishments equal those of Americans like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Dr. King, and James Madison, resting in obscure peace in a
Bevel-canoe
wooden canoe like it's the Tomb of the Unknown Activist
. Serves James Bevel right that almost every historian, journalist, and monument builder on National Malls ignore him and his real story. Bevel didn't really mind that when he was alive, it saved on everyday wear and tear and was a source of amusement. But then what, hiding his own grave away so that tourists, vandals, pilgrims, and BET will actually have to do some research to find it? More likely Bevel was just trying to straighten out some history,
Tarimmummy
have the last laugh
, and get in some alone time while sailing gently down the stream...


~FINI~


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