A Change is Gonna Come.
Sam Cooke wrote this classic anthem of the Civil Rights era in 1963, after being turned away from a whites-only motel. This song is burned into my brain by my father, who loved the music and made sure I understood how and why it was connected to the movements of our time. I grew up in a house always filled with labor organizers (my dad was a steelworker and a union man). Sam Cooke's music is part of the soundtrack of my life.
I was moved to goosebumps when I learned the National Federation of Community Broadcasters was inviting its member stations to honor George Floyd on the day of his memorial at noon PST by playing this song and reading some words, and that just happens to be when I do my radio show. So tomorrow, on June 9 and Episode 23, we'll start with a song, and a message, joining over 100 other community radio member stations in lifting up George Floyd, and in acknowledging the work we need to do.
And then we'll chat with Yolo County Supervisor for District 2 Don Saylor, and Dawn Myers of Yolo Adult Day Health Center, because COVID-19 is still ravaging our country, as well.