I grew up in Austin, Texas, came of age in the 60s, and was swept up in the progressive insurgency that owed everything to courageous students sitting down at lunch counters in Greensboro, North Carolina in February 1960.  Their non-violent direct action was a lesson in democracy — a lesson in how to participate in democracy.  I want to capture memories from the 60s and 70s when collective action challenged the status quo and made us believe a new world was possible.  I hope these sketches will make Austin’s rich movement history accessible in this digital age.  This is for the generations to come in hopes that they can build upon our dreams.

Alice Embree, April 2016


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