That was then and this is now. Perspectives concluded in 1968. It is now more than half a century later. And things are very different. There is an information glut, but little of substance; plenty of talk, but little real conversation. What fills the air instead is a series of angry, disjointed monologues. Whatever happened to the oft-promised but never held conversation on Race?
Where is the discussion on America's role in the world? Where is the opportunity to hear from and engage directly with those in power, let them know what we are thinking and hold them to greater accountability-to confront their choices and their words in an open national forum. Where is that forum? The public is starved to know the real issues before them. And no group is more famished and frustrated than the young.
In the wake of Perspectives, a major controversy ensued, around the teaching of such issues. For more about that controversy, as well as the origins of this remarkable program, its dynamics and consequences, and the need for such an effort today-get your copy of "Dancing on the Contradictions."