User:Randy Kryn

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(In his less-lucid moments this editor self-identifies as a Wikipedian citizen of Krynn)

Hello! Thanks for coming by. Pull up a chair. Pretzels? An 1881 timeline of human history? As a Wikipedia editor since 2007 I've added to various lists and indexes, juggled with American founding father and other templates (see below), serenaded your odd science/space/Stone Age art/baseball edits, and carelessly tossed a handful of words into suffragist articles, 1960s pages, visual art pages, and other odds and ends. A few italic runs, category walks, and distributions of lists and templates have occurred in-between fits of popcorn.

Notes on work with James Bevel's 1960s Civil Rights Movement history[edit]

A long time ago, while still eating meat and walking around dehydrated and Vitamin-C deficient, I likely snuck onto the top tier of 1960s Civil Rights Movement historians, a fairly small and stuffy room inhabited by David Garrow (a nice fellow), Taylor Branch, Adam Fairclough, and one or two others. Garrow and Branch are among the few people who know I may be riding and/or making the coffee on that tier. Except for promoting my early findings during a political campaign as James Bevel's unpaid press secretary (he was a sure loser in a heavily party-controlled district, and we agreed that I'd take the position knowing he wouldn't win and would work mainly, if not solely, on independently researching his history with himself and others), I've never fully promoted it.

Yet since 2007 my cited James Bevel research has been included in Bevel's article, on various Wikipedia talk pages, and on or under other internet outcroppings. Nobody has ever disputed a major point on Bevel's role in history in the article, nor has anyone cited sources which contradict it. James Bevel simply did all the things in the 1960s movements that he gets credit for on the page. Except for minor grammar or formatting edits I've edited only the 1960's data in his article, and have never added or removed any substantial factural material on anything besides Bevel's 1960s Civil Rights Movement accomplishments, his 1960s Anti-War Movement history, and a bit on his major role in the 1995 Day of Atonement/Million Man March.

In 2005, Middlebury College published one of my papers. That paper echoed and added to earlier writings, the most notable being a 1984 research paper which was later reprinted, with a new addendum, in the 1989 book We Shall Overcome, Volume II edited by David Garrow. My article on James Bevel in the Garrow book contains quite a few sources not yet added to Wikipedia's Bevel article. The only fact or analysis academically questioned in these or other publications concerns an event not used in the Wikipedia article. Historian James Ralph publicly disputed Bevel's version of the agreement which ended the 1966 Chicago Open Housing Movement (see my 2005 paper). Since Bevel, as SCLC's Director of Direct Action, initiated and ran SCLC's Open Housing Movement, as he did all of their major movements from the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade onward, I counted on him to remember how he agreed to end it. It's an interesting story he repeated over the years without much variation. That one point aside - and I still trust Bevel's often-repeated rendition of it - if the rest of the Bevel information accurately reflects the events of the era it means that a nice thing has emerged for new Civil Rights Movement historians and students. Either for established historians, writers, and researchers, young students just in-or-out of university, or those seeking an academic specialty: James Bevel's Civil Rights Movement legacy provides a large historical field which could use more data mining.

Research I haven't done includes James Bevel related interviews with Dorothy Cotton, Bob Moses and a few other key people from the 1960s movements. Those need doing, and hopefully done well and honestly, with direct questions and with a stated goal of ascertaining the facts about James Bevel's role in the events of the era. I also haven't interviewed the law enforcement side of the Selma and Birmingham Movements, and suggest that as long as any police personnel or Alabama State Troopers who manned the Birmingham or Selma frontlines still walk the earth, first hose them down and then interview them. Aside from any new Bevel and King material, those interviews should uncover new information and points of view on the era's historical events and perspectives.

Tools an established or student historian may find useful would include the Bevel audio and video tapes in the hands of a wide variety of relatives, friends, pedestrians, and organizations. I don't know how many hundreds of hours of tapes exist, but there are quite a few in various locations. An inventory of those materials doesn't exist, which opens up another task for interested researchers. Going through those tapes and videos would dig up many nuggets on 1960s movement history.

Another avenue: Nobody has fully, or in most cases even partially, interviewed Bevel's relatives, his students from the 1960s, or his post-movement associates, friends, and students, all available areas of inquiry.

Overall, James Bevel's place in history, and his recorded observations about the late-1950s and 1960s movement years, deserve further full research and publication projects. The available information, added to by further sets of data on Bevel's work, will enhance the accumulated information on every major event in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement as well as some of the major events in the 1960s Anti-War Movement. Any new research used in reliable sources, as well as data from already existing publications, can then be used on the Bevel page and the appropriate Civil Rights Movement articles throughout Wikipedia.

Well, time to edit![edit]

If you haven't joined your expertise, interests, or spare-time and/or space-time curiosities with Wikipedia, be assured that it ably fulfills its intended purpose as a good and accurate place to share knowledge - knowledge which you consider interesting, fun, and important to chronicle in any field of endeavor. Knowledge that you can back up with sources stated in a neutral voice, like a robot.

Here are some maps I've thrown together or added to - templates remind me of maps, a one-stop visual of links to all of the important and/or interesting Wikipedia articles on their subjects. Articles which hundreds, and in many cases, thousands of Wikipedian volunteers have researched and written:

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Swimming Reindeer, a 12,500-year-old sculpture by an unknown artist, featured on the List of Stone Age art

Existing templates given a few coats of paint and a new wine cellar: {{Prehistoric technology}} {{Suffrage}} {{Slavery}} {{African-American Civil Rights Movement}} {{Benjamin Franklin}} {{Jesus footer}} {{George Washington}} {{Abraham Lincoln}} {{William Howard Taft}} {{Woodrow Wilson}} {{Franklin D. Roosevelt}} {{Harry S. Truman}} {{Dwight D. Eisenhower}} {{John F. Kennedy}} and others

Existing templates pollocked: {{Veganism and vegetarianism}} {{Chess}} {{Mohandas K. Gandhi}} {{Martin Luther King}} {{Nikola Tesla}} {{Nelson Mandela}} {{Pete Seeger}} {{Kurt Vonnegut}} {{Mark Twain}} {{Herbert Hoover}} {{Lyndon B. Johnson}} {{Richard Nixon}} {{Gerald Ford}} {{Jimmy Carter}} {{Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis}} {{Robert F. Kennedy}} {{Assassination of John F. Kennedy}} {{Winston Churchill}} {{Underground Railroad}} {{Historical American Documents}} {{Gautama Buddha}} {{Martin Luther}} {{Particles}} {{Ray Bradbury}} and others.

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