Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On December 12, ...

... 1982 (25 years ago today), 30,000 women from across Britain joined hands in a peace protest outside Greenham Common (left), encircling the military base that lay 45 miles west of London. The event was part of a years-long Women's Peace Camp, described here, outside the base.
... 1963, Kenya gained independence from Britain. A New York Times reporter wrote: "With Britain's Union Jack replaced by the black, red and green flag of the new state[,] political power in Britain's last East African colonial holding slipped from the grasp of its 55,759 whites and was taken up by its 8,365,942 Africans." Jomo Kenyatta became the country's 1st Prime Minister. For a window onto this moment in history, check out the paper entitled "Exporting American Dreams: Thurgood Marshall and the Constitution of Kenya," by our colleague Mary L. Dudziak, and keep your eyes peeled for her forthcoming book on the same subject.

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