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

Hello! Thanks for coming by. Pretzels? An 1881 timeline of human history? A Wikipedian since 2007, I've created a few dozen navigational templates (see link or below, although they don't appear on mobile), randomly added space travel/visual art/baseball edits, and tossed handfuls of code into suffragist articles, 1960s pages, and other odds and ends. A few italic runs, category walks, and a bit of writing and random distributions have occurred in-between fits of popcorn.

Notes on work with James Bevel's 1960s Civil Rights Movement historyEdit

Awhile ago, while still eating meat and walking around dehydrated and Vitamin-C deficient, and while I still had much of my attention on it, I likely snuck onto the top tier of 1960s Civil Rights Movement historians, a small and stuffy room inhabited by David Garrow (a nice fellow), Taylor Branch, Adam Fairclough, and one or two others. Garrow and Branch seem among the few who actually know that I sometimes wandered around in there. My early findings, after becoming aware of him through a promotional fundraising paper written by Helen Bevel which pointed out her then-husband's Civil Rights Movement history, occurred during a political campaign as James Bevel's unpaid press secretary. Knowing that he'd lose in a heavily party-controlled district, we agreed that I'd take the position to concentrate on independently researching his history with himself and others. These early papers on Bevel's 1960s work consisted of articles sent to historians, historical societies, and the media, as well as campaign handouts, press releases, and press conferences. Besides that 1983-84 congressional campaign I've never fully promoted this work.

Yet since 2007 my cited and sourced James Bevel research has been presented in Bevel's Wikipedia article, on various Wikipedia talk pages, and on other internet outcroppings. The information used in the article has never found dispute on any major point, nor has anyone cited contradicting sources. James Bevel simply did all of the things in the 1960s movements that he gets credit for on his Wikipedia page. Although I initially added a few edits about his later legal problems, since Bevel's death in 2008, except for minor grammar or formatting edits, I've slightly edited only the data about his 1960s accomplishments and a little 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, including a 1984 research paper later reprinted, with a new addendum, in the 1989 book We Shall Overcome, Volume II edited by David Garrow. This paper contains quite a few sources not yet added to Wikipedia's Bevel article. The only fact or overview analysis academically questioned in these papers 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. Since Bevel initiated and ran SCLC's 1966 Open Housing Movement (after initiating and running the 1963 Birmingham Children's Crusade and 1965 Selma Voting Rights Movement) I'd think that he'd remember how he agreed to end it. It makes an interesting story that Bevel repeated over the years without much variation.

The Bevel information in those papers and in his Wikipedia article accurately reflects the events of the era, and give established Civil Rights Movement historians and newer writers and researchers seeking an academic specialty, access to James Bevel's Civil Rights Movement legacy. Other tools an established or student historian may find useful would include audio and video tapes kept by relatives, friends, and organizations (an inventory doesn't exist, another task for interested researchers) and Bevel's accumulated writings. In addition, nobody has fully, or in most cases even partially, interviewed Bevel's remaining relatives, his students from the 1960s, or his post-movement associates, friends, and students, all available areas of inquiry.

As David Garrow described in 2015, James Bevel's place in American and world history seems assured. Bevel's observations about the 1960s movements and his personal descriptions of his step-by-step understanding and use of the science of nonviolence, deserve further principled and ethically compiled research and publication projects. Added to accurate data from existing writings, further well sourced and scrutinized information may then find its own use on Bevel's Wikipedia article and in other Civil Rights Movement articles throughout the site.

Well, time to edit!Edit

If you haven't joined your expertise, interests, or spare-time and/or space-time curiosities with Wikipedia, feel 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.

Navigational templates (not visible on mobile)Edit

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

Templates created:





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}} {{Art world}} {{Suffrage}} {{Slavery}} {{African-American Civil Rights Movement}} {{Benjamin Franklin}} {{George Washington}} {{Abraham Lincoln}} {{William Howard Taft}} {{Woodrow Wilson}} {{Franklin D. Roosevelt}} {{Harry S. Truman}} {{Dwight D. Eisenhower}} {{John F. Kennedy}} {{Robert A. Heinlein}} {{Jesus footer}} and others

Existing templates pollocked: {{Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood}} {{Veganism and vegetarianism}} {{Chess}} {{Historical American Documents}} {{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}} {{Winston Churchill}} {{Underground Railroad}} {{Gautama Buddha}} {{Martin Luther}} {{Ray Bradbury}} and others.

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