So many things happened in our country during our high school years. It was an incredibly eventful – and rocky – time to be a teenager. While high school was a relatively sheltered place to be, the outside world was constantly knocking on the door.
The year 1965 brought U.S. troops arriving in Vietnam; Martin Luther King, Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery; and the assassination of Malcolm X. Our sophomore year brought antiwar demonstrations, the birth of the Black Panther Party, and the founding of N.O.W. In 1967, we saw more war protests, widespread race riots, and the mass arrival of hippies in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. As seniors, we were sobered by the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, just two months apart.
Our graduation year was also marked by television’s first interracial kiss (on an episode of Star Trek); the Broadway premiere of Hair; the first International Special Olympics Summer Games; the debuts of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and 60 Minutes; and a remarkable first color photo of Earth from space, brought to us by the crew of Apollo 8.