Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint — Samuel Mockbee

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DECEMBER 23 — SAMUEL MOCKBEE
Selfless, inspired architect to the “Other America.”

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“Butterly House,” Samuel Mockbee, Image by Tim Hursley.

DECEMBER 23 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Oaxaca, Mexico: FEAST OF THE RADISHES.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 23 IN HISTORY…
1776 — First American revolutionist Thomas Paine’s Crisis published.
1888 — Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh cuts off his own ear.
1944 — Architect to the poor Samuel Mockbee born, Meridian, Mississippi.
1948 — Japanese military leader Tojo hanged in Tokyo as war criminal.
1953 — 21 American P.O.W.s in Korea refuse to come home.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective. The 2010 Autonomedia Calender is now available on the Autonomedia site.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock

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