Brian Clardy http://wkms.org en Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964 http://wkms.org/post/commentary-50-years-later-freedom-summer-1964 <p><em>"All my life I've been sick and tired. Now I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired." - Fannie Lou Hamer</em></p><p>This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to open the polls to African-American voters in Mississippi, which became a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights era. The summer marked a turning point in ending white supremacy in the state and decades of isolation in the Deep South for black voters ahead of the 1964 elections. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects back on Freedom Summer and its legacy 50 years later.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Brian Clardy & Matt Markgraf 42003 at http://wkms.org Commentary: 50 Years Later - Freedom Summer 1964 The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker http://wkms.org/post/voice-reason-remembering-senator-howard-baker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker died last Thursday at age 88. Baker was one of the key players in Ronald Reagan's historic tax and spending cuts and was an influential member of the Senate committee that investigated the Watergate scandal. He served as US Senator from Tennessee from 1967 to 1985 and Commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> remembers the Republican Senator as a voice of reason in the later half of the </span>20th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:47:55 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 41732 at http://wkms.org The Voice of Reason: Remembering Senator Howard Baker 50 Years Later: The Sunday Night that Forever Changed Music http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-sunday-night-forever-changed-music <p>Fifty years ago this Sunday (February 9, 2014), four mop-topped lads from Liverpool took to a television stage and changed the world. The Beatles made their stateside debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in three consecutive headlining performances to great anticipation and fanfare, drawing over 73 million viewers and launching the 'British Invasion.' Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on their first performance and its cultural impact over 50 years.</p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:50:40 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 38506 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Sunday Night that Forever Changed Music 50 Years Later: Remembering the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-remembering-assassination-president-john-f-kennedy <p>On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade through a plaza of onlookers in Dallas, Texas. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on his parents' memories of the day.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 16:41:34 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 36794 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: Remembering the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Commentary: Lessons from Recent Political History and the Matt Bevin Candidacy http://wkms.org/post/commentary-lessons-recent-political-history-and-matt-bevin-candidacy <p>Late last week, the Senate Conservatives Fund announced an endorsement for Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his seat in the 2014 Primary. Bevin has already gained attention and support from Tea Party leaders and has, as commentator and History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy says, the advantage of recent political upsets on his side.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 36008 at http://wkms.org Commentary: Lessons from Recent Political History and the Matt Bevin Candidacy Commentary: Obama's Foreign Policy Gamble http://wkms.org/post/commentary-obamas-foreign-policy-gamble <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the same week Congress decides on whether or not to </span>defund<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the Affordable Care Act and/or prevent a government shutdown, President Barack Obama made his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly, outlining the role of the United States in the Middle East and Worldwide. Commentator, Murray State History Professor and Foreign Policy Analyst, Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> examines the underlying message of the Presidents&#39; speech and its potential challenges. <em>Please note that the views expressed in this commentator are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.</em></span></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:59:34 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 35323 at http://wkms.org Commentary: Obama's Foreign Policy Gamble 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-september-mourn-sixteenth-street-baptist-church-bombing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">50 years ago this Sunday, an explosion at an African-American church in Birmingham, Alabama killed four little girls in an act of racially motivated terrorism, marking a turning point in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Civil Rights Movement. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian </span>Clardy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reflects on this tragic moment, and its historical significance in contributing to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:18:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34860 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: September Mourn, The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-cultural-significance-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-i-have-dream-speech <p>On this day 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech to a crowd of over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and it's cultural significance then and 50 years later.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 34401 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Cultural Significance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream Speech" 50 Years Later: Reflections on President Kennedy's Berlin Speech http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-reflections-president-kennedys-berlin-speech <p>On this day 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "ich bin ein Berliner" speech to West Berlin, underlying support for the West 22 months after Soviet-supported East Germany erected the Berlin Wall. Commentator and Murray State History Professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on this statement of US policy and its impact on the Cold War.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A few days ago in my American History class, I lectured on the early years of the Cold War of the late </span>1940s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and early </span>1950s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. With rapt attention, young Racer Nation listened to me drone on and on about the Berlin Airlift and the fact that the city would become what I called a “pregnant symbol” of the U.S.-Soviet conflict.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 32511 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: Reflections on President Kennedy's Berlin Speech 50 Years Later: The Assassination of Medgar Evers http://wkms.org/post/50-years-later-assassination-medgar-evers <p>Today marks 50 years since civil rights activist Medgar Evers was gunned down in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. His murder and the subsequent trial sparked a cultural uproar and inspired national protests. A week later, President Kennedy submitted his Civil Rights bill to Congress, and the March on Washington would follow that summer. Commentator and Murray State history professor Dr. Brian Clardy reflects on how he came to learn about Medgar Evers - his sacrifices, and his legacy.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Matt Markgraf & Brian Clardy 31960 at http://wkms.org 50 Years Later: The Assassination of Medgar Evers