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> good morning and welcome to mosaic. its always a pleasure to host mosaic. on behalf of our producer and our cohost. this is my 16th year hosting mosaic and one privilege of doing this is we have such great guests all the time. today we have two segments in our program. this being black history month along with we just celebrated dr. martin luther king, jr.'s birthday. we'll say something about both and the second segment is about the book fair which is 50 years
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of celebration black history was first proposed in the 1900s and became a week in 1926. back then it was negro history week. they chose the second week in february because of the birthdays of abraham lincoln and frederick douglas. dr. king's birthday we just celebrated. he would have been 88 years old and we have celebrated his birthday since 1983. my guest is a long-time friend and colleague. he's always been in the struggle for justice and truth and that's dr. reverend blake. it's great to have you >> it's great to be on this
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program and congratulations to you, 16 years hosting mosaic >> and you've been with us a few times >> yes and i always appreciate it >> you've been with the fellowship for over 20 years and that's excellent. what is it about king that is still relevant >> he was a person of vision and we have not had a leader of vision as martin luther king had since his assassination. we, to a great extent have been reabouting to different policies of the government and -- reacting to different policies of the government and even the international world but to have a person projecting where to go from here, a
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person who projects a beloved community and how that would look. for example, he projected that people should have a national guaranteed income for those who can't work, for those unable to work. he projected housing for people so there are these kinds of ideas that he put forth that we have not moved on and he was also, as a administer, still quite astute a minute -- as a minister, he was quite astute that we could eliminate poverty if the rich would agree to become even richer but at a slower pace. >> that was revolutionary back then >> it was pretty revolutionary. and king also did a critique of our society saying this beloved community of which he spoke cannot be attained under
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the present, at that time, capitalist society. he talked very seriously about a redistribution of wealth. he raised the question why should people have these water bills when the earth is two-thirds water and actually said, you would love this, he used scripture in the bible where he comes to jesus and says what must i do and he says you must be born again and the way king interprets that is that you must restructure your life and he said the united states must restructure its life, the way it goes about things >> how did you know i was going to use that this sunday? you must have been reading my mind. [ laughter ] >> and that we should always be dissatisfied and his last speech to the sclc which was the southern christian leadership conference was that we must be
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dissatisfied until the united states lives up to its possibility so that all people are included so that all people can live and be unafraid >> those are pretty radical statements. i think most people remember i have a dream but most people don't remember that >> they don't know a lot of that. that's why we worked years ago to establish the [ overlapping speakers ] >> and appreciated that >> and we tried to bring a different understanding of martin luther king. the other thing about king that i miss is that he was committed to this vision to this community until death >> we're going to come back to that. we have been with reverend dr. blake. this is black history month but it's also the celebration of dr. martin luther king's life and his tribute. please join us.
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welcome back. we've been talking to reverend dr. blake. we are so glad to have him as we have heard a great deal about dr. king i'm sure that many of you do not know. anything else you would like to add to that >> that dr. king was mentored by dr. [inaudible] who was the founder of our church. he and his wife were the first african-americans to
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meet with gandhi >> and the doctor [inaudible] they see him as contemplative and you know, sort of a mystic >> he would define himself, i think, as a seeker. he was always seeking to understand life more deeply. he was always seeking to find more about the common ground of all people so yes, he was a mystic. he was a mystic who was concerned about the social realities because his understanding was that if in the mystic encounter with god there was a [inaudible] so forever, when you leave those experiences, you want to see that in the over all society so if there are
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institutions that stand against that unity, then you had the responsibility to work to change those institutions so that the unity will attain in society. so it was not a mysticism in that you're contemplating yourself and a relationship with you and god but the mysticism that made you dedicate your life to see the mysticism of life in general >> that seems to be dr. king's philosophy and of course that was huge in our black history. what else would you say about black history month >> it was critical. in 1926, as you said, black history, negro history week was established. he was dealing with people who had internalized racism on a very profound level and he was disturbed because our history books did not include
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african-american history and certainly not african history so he felt this was needed in order for people to have a better understanding of themselves. this was proclaimed in 1926 and that was during the height of the harlem renaissance where you had these black poets, all of these people re-evaluating the black experience. for example, a little bit later, wilson said the racism was so internalized that if black people, if there was not a backdoor, they would create one to go through. this is the impact and also this comes after the tulsa was destroyed, these race riots and so it was for his point of view absolutely necessary for people to get a very different understanding of who they were, their history,
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their establishments, in order to move forward as a people. it was a, as far as i'm concerned, it was a real, and we're doing it now, it was a real precursor to the black is beautiful movement that we experienced in the 60s where we went back to africa reclaiming our roots in a positive way >> this is profound. why do you think so many of us miss it, that is african- americans as well as the larger population? >> i believe it's because we become acclimated to our society and the way to go is to become main stream. when you become main stream, you're missing much of your own heritage. it's this middle class idea, it's make it on your own and therefore you disconnect with your larger community >> the next two segments, we'll be dealing with books. there's a book out on what you mentioned,
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stamped from the beginning, have you heard of that? >> no >> i'm reading it and he deals with a lot of what you talked about. he said the response has been segregation, asimulation, and antiracist which is the black power movement who fought against racism from the beginning but the segregationist says we're stamped from the beginning with inequity. this comes from jefferson davis and then the assimilation is all we're trying to accommodate >> now, that was supported by our religious institutions, our educational institutions and by the society so it's not, it's not a out of the way to understand that people would incorporate that, internalize that and that's why
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it was so important to have a radical reinterpretation of the history because again, it was enforced. the racism, the inferiority was enforced at every level in our gloat society >> and you have done that today with the history you have given us >> when is your service? >> 11:00 on sunday mornings and on the second sunday of every month, we have a social justice film >> location >> 2041 larkin street in san francisco. it's larkin at broadway >> if i was not pastoring, i would be at your church >> thank you so much >> thank you, doctor >> appreciate your word >> thank you, appreciate you >> continue the struggle >> thank you >> we have been with reverend dr. blake. please join us in the next two segments. books, books, books, i love books. please join us.
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welcome back. i thought i was a lover of books. i read a few weeks ago and heard about this young woman, in fact, a young girl of 4 years old who has read a thousand books and she started reading at the age of 18. she was at the smithsonian the other day but i doubt in fact as much as she's read, she's probably not read some of the rare books we have today. we have michael and laura who are book sellers in the bay area who are with the book fair that's february 10th and 12th. welcome mike >> nice to meet you >> and laura >good morning >> good to see you both. thank you for the books
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you brought. >> the book fair is just that, it's books that are unusual that you don't see in other contexts so i brought a few examples along of what one might bump into in one of these particular fairs. this is a swiss printing of the himmal in hawaiian -- hymnal in hawaiian it was designed for missionary activities but you also had to not only produce the text in hawaiian but you had to have the musical notes. this is very unusual and quite rare hawaiian hymnal. printing begins in gymny but -- germany but it spreads to italy so i
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brought a 1515 print totally in greek. this is the first printing in rome using greek fonts and it's basically a greek poet but what's important about this is that the entire font is the first to be seen in roman imprints and it has a lot of commentary of scholars that attributed to the text. you'll see manuscript books, you'll see maps and then sometimes modern things >> i'm always amazing how they preserve >> these books were done on very nice paper and they tend to last as long as they're treated well and this binding is later as is this one on the hawaiian book. i did bring an interesting more
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modern thing from 1963. it's bob hope's sort of war horse, i owe russia $1,200 first edition. the reason it's interesting is it also has a dedication to a priest in southern california and signed by bob hope on the fly leaf itself but in addition to that, there is also 24 pages of type script carbon copies of the jokes that he did when he did routines in southern california. most of them were through the societies of police and they were always very bad jokes from the 60s usually involving i hope you don't steal my cadillac outside which is illegally parked, et cetera, et cetera >> he could get away with it though >> he could certainly get away with it. of course this is a period where his
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movies were making big splashes, his television appearances were important and he would soon be going off to shows in vietnam and elsewhere for troop support >> the book fair would have some of these books >> the book fair will have a lot >> february 10th through the 12th >> it will be in the oakland city center. it has dealers coming in from a lot of the american states but especially from european and other countries. hungary will be presented, awe australia will be rented there. will be a lot of different dealers bringing different materials. there will be posters from the free speech movement and also great items >> i found it difficult to get to san francisco but oakland is more
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>> oakland is very accessible. and we like the venue and the city of oakland has bent over backwards basically welcoming us. we did it originally in san francisco >> before we go to the next segment with laura, tell us where you're located >> i'm just north of berkeley and have been involved in the book world for about 30 years and i also chair the book fair committee >> that's great. thank you for being with us, michael and please join us with laura in the next segment.
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we continue this wonderful book fair with laura swan and your bookstore is located >> i am in walnut creek, swan's
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fine books on locust creek >> that's one of my favorite places >> yeah, if you're visiting the inn, come see our shop >> [ overlapping speakers ] >> absolutely >> so michael brought the old books and i brought the pretty books, not necessarily on the outside. you'll see the outside is fairly plain but the inside is what i'm talk -- plane, but the inside is what i'm talking about. about the middle of the 19th century, book production took a low. they were using cheap paper, they were using cheap inks. they were using cheap bindings. the end of the 19th century, william morris, who started the arts and crafts movement, he said we need to make books beautiful. he started his own press. in fact, he's got a book that is considered the most beautiful book created. as you can see, what he really
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went for was almost a gothic look. very heavily decorated, all that just absolutely beautiful. the book i'm holding is actually the nature of gatherric by john ruskin who was a huge influence on welcome morris so this was a very important book for morris to public >> he was a great writer, wasn't he, ruskin? >> he was a very, very well known writer. still well known today. absolutely, absolutely. the movement continued to make beautiful books. morris really started it, and by about 1920, i'd say it was in full swing. another plane book on the outside but when we look on the inside, the golden press was
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printing books illustrated by very famous illustrated. this one is by eric gill and he's known as being a man of two minds. he was of deep religious persuasion >> is that the passion of christ >> it is. this is an excerpt from the gospels and this entire book is written in latin. you'll see, let me turn to this wonderful illustration of the crucifixion, very moving. he was also known for his erotic drawings. i think he was [ overlapping speakers ] absolutely correct >> okay >> so the the press started in the 20s and continues i think through the 40s or 50s >> okay >> the movement to make beautiful books never stopped so my last example is from the old style press who started in the 1980s.
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this book, i just adore because you'll see the illustrations are in color. now, these are wood cut illustrations so in order for the artist to make this book, and by the way, this is one of only 26 books printed with the illustrations in color out of a total addition of 200. they have to make a separate woodblock to print each of these colors >> that's amazing >> so this same piece of paper goes through the press and is imprinted by the woodblocks one time for every color you see. i went through this book, and i counted somewhere around ten different colors so this, to make this book, every piece of paper went through the press >> do i dare ask how much these books are? >> priceless is the short answer. i believe this book retails for about $750
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>> that's not bad. i think i heard 12,000 for one of these books that mike had >> my books are reasonable. no, they're all priceless in their own way and they're all different in their own way >> these are excellent books. tell us again about the book fair, where it is and the name >> the 50th california international book fair will be on the 10th through the 12th of february at the oakland marriott city center. it's right at the door and will be friday, saturday, sunday and there will be dealers from all over the world >> tell us your bookstore >> it's hackenburg booksellers. i've been doing book fairs and what have you for about 30 years >> that's excellent.
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thank you michael and laura >> thank you >> and i hope to get to both your stores if i don't make it to the fair >> we'd love to see you >> i might just be browsing >> we love browsers >> this is ron swisher, you've been with us in mosaic, i hope you were inspired and enlightened today. thank you for being with us. where do babies come from? well, they come from our hope and a longing to bring something new into the world. it's fitting, then, that classrooms of children are born every day in northern california -- the cradle of ideas, changing the very world around us. every bright spark deserves a hand to help it become something more. and that's why we are here. for our newest neighbors and the people they become. sutter health. proudly caring for northern california,
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