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June 18, 2018

6/13/2018 3:42:00 PM
Room for a View: June in the U.S.A.
By Peggy Tarr


It is June, and although there are many people and events that can/should be noted in the month of June in the U.SA., only a few will be cited. 

U.S. clergyman Richard Allen (1769-1831) founded the Independent Methodist Movement (African Methodist Episcopal church) on June 10, 1794. 

U.S. political leader and government official Robert F. Kennedy (1925-68) was assassinated on June 6. 

Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers (1925-63) was assassinated on June 12. 

U.S. Attorney Thurgood Marshall (1908-93) was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court on June 13, 1967. 

World Champion boxer Joe Louis (1914-81) defeated world champion boxer Max Schmeling on June 22.

U.S. poet Paul L. Dunbar (1872-1906) was born on June 27.

American author, political activist, and lecturer Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968; first blind, deaf person to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree) was born on June 27. Lena Horne (1917-2010) singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist was born on June 30.

Father’s Day is on June 17 this year, a day to recognize, honor and show appreciation for fathers. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. 

President Richard Nixon made it a permanent national holiday by law in 1972.  HAPPY FATHER’S DAY.

June has been officially recognized as Pride Month in the past. This year, however, the month of June is “unofficially” recognized as LGBTQ Pride month because for the second year, President Donald Trump has not acknowledged LGBTQ Pride Month. “…Former president Bill Clinton was the first president to acknowledge Pride Month in 2000.” Former president Barack Obama proclaimed Pride Month during his terms.

According to a news article in the New York Times (May 21, 2018), a gay man from Chile alleged that Pope Francis told him that: “God had made him gay and that both God and the pontiff loved him that way. …” 

“… Love from one being to another can only be that two solitudes come nearer, recognize and protect and comfort each other.” (Han Suyin, the pen name of Elizabeth Comber, born Rosalie Matilda Kuanghu Chou (1916-2012; China-born, Eurasian physician and author of books in English and French on modern China) 

If the Pope said what is alleged, it would seem that he supported “nature” more than “nurture” in the “nature-versus-nurture” debate, a debate about a person’s behavior/life being determined by the person’s genes versus determined by the person’s environmental experiences. I think a person’s behavior/life is determined by both nature and nurture.  How about you?

 “Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.” (Erich Fromm; 1900-80; social psychologist, psychoanalyst and author; born in Germany)







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