The Human Be-In Revisited

Photo courtesy of Jim Marshall

Are you ready? Here it comes again! The Human Be-In!

On January 14, 1967, at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park, people gathered to celebrate love and peace, or maybe just to find out what was going on. Remember, we did not rely on “Social Media” then. The day was announced the old fashioned way, in the newspaper called, “The San Francisco Oracle.”

This day was an extension of something called, “The Love Pageant Rally,” staged on October 6, 1966, in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park. That event had been promoted by the creators of “The Oracle.” They chose the date because on October 6, 1966, the California Legislature made LSD an illegal substance, and made criminals of many who lived in The Haight.

One of the invited guests for the “Human Be-In” was Dr. Timothy Leary, a proponent of LSD. Here he is announcing his famous line and then reflecting on the 1960s in an interview 20 year later:

One of my favorite performers from the 1960s was Janis Joplin. She joined Big Brother and the Holding Company band in 1966 when they were already well-known in San Francisco. Here she is singing my favorite Janis Joplin song:

Postcard reader Justin sent me an email telling me that “The Human Be-In 50th Anniversary Celebration, A Rededication to Peace, Love, Community and Activism” is planned for Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7 pm – 2 am, Gray Area/Grand Theater, 2665 Mission Street, San Francisco. The cost is $20-25 per person.

The Website says: “On this 50th Anniversary of the original Human Be-In, its values of peace, love, community and activism are needed more than ever. Despite some of the problems digital technology has spawned, the opportunities to leverage new technologies that enhance human well-being, foster a thriving society and empower a sustainable civilization are greater than ever.”