Margaret Mead: Her spirit is still with us!

In the 2-1/2 years that the East End Women in Black have been holding vigils for peace in Sag Harbor and in Bridgehampton some well-known women have appeared to give the east end group support. Probably none of these are as renowned as the late anthropolgist and author Margaret Mead (1901-1978). Of course Ms. Mead never joined the group which started in August of 2002 in Sag Harbor. According to the American Museum of Natural History, the organization Mead was associated with for many years:

"Margaret Mead (1901-78) taught generations of Americans about the value of looking carefully and openly at other cultures to better understand the complexities of being human. Scientist, explorer, writer, and teacher, Mead, who worked in the Department of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1926 until her death, brought the serious work of anthropology into the public consciousness.

A deeply committed activist, Mead often testified on social issues before the United States Congress and other government agencies. She hoped that through all of these efforts others would learn about themselves and work toward a more humane and socially responsible society. As she once said, "I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples -- faraway peoples -- so that Americans might better understand themselves."

It is clear that her spirit has informed the women who founded our local vigil and will continue to give us all inspiration.

It should also be noted that the local vigils have been held continuously since August 2002. They continue on the 1st Sunday of each month in Bridgehampton at 3pm at the Monument and on the 3rd Sunday each month at the Sag Harbor wharf, also at 3pm.