I became an activist and prisoner

Dan Kelly
San Francisco, CA

I was in a Brooklyn HS in the early 60s and the images coming from the south inspired me to question the social conventions that supported segregation, From that it was a short jump to questioning forteign policies that justified invading 3rd world countries. College seemed irrelevant and I left it in 1967 to join the anti-war movement as a pacifist, inspired by MLK, Ghandi and Dorothy Day. I worked with the farmworkers from Delano when they came to NYC for the first grape boycott. I resisted the draft and spent 2 years in prison. Afterwards I joined with 1199 to organize workers at the hospital I worked in. Eventually, I returned to school, became a physician and was elected to the Board of Education in SF, where I have lived for more than 30 years. None of this would have occurred without the inspiring leadership of King, Bond, Liuzzo, Schwerner, Goodman, Chaney and so many others. Brotherhood is possible and individuals CAN change the world.

 

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