Urbin Report

Monday, April 07, 2008

Civil Rights supporter dies at home.

I am, of course, referring to the Oscar winning actor, Charlton Heston. In addition to his efforts to support the Second Amendment, he was fighting for Civil Rights long before it was the "cool" thing for the Hollywood crowd to do.
Jay Severin knew this:

But just one thing is missing in the media's unceremonious death notice. Do you know what it is?

Somehow lost in translation of the "news" media's coverage of Charton Heston's passing is the fact that he marched with Martin Luther King for human and civil rights...in the 1950s.

In the 1950s.

Long before today's civil rights gods - like, say, the Kennedy's, the Gores, et. al. - even privately thought about it.


Jeff Soyer also knows his history:
Few will mention that he was very active in the civil rights movement of the ’60’s, appearing on stage with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1963 during the March on Washington, where King delivered his “I have a dream. . .” speech.

Even fewer will mention that he opposed McCarthy, was outspoken against racial segregation, and that his movie, Planet of the Apes was a metaphor about racial intolerance, etc.

I also remember that hilarious walk-on he had in Wayne’s World. . .

R.I.P. Charlton Heston. Prayers to his family.