This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 28, 2008- Forty years later, it is shocking to watch old news footage of the chaos outside the Democratic National Convention in 1968 as Chicago police and National Guard troops armed with tear gas, billyclubs and bayonets confronted unarmed anti-war protesters.
The demonstrators, most of them college-aged, wore long hair, love beads and scruffy jeans and shouted anti-draft slogans like "Hell, no. We won't go" and warned, "The whole world is watching.''
History was watching, also. And St. Louisans will have an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the political and social aspects of the 1968 convention when KETC and the Missouri History Museum kick off the Community Cinema Series on Sept. 11 with a screening of "Chicago 10" by filmmaker Brett Morgen.