Feel free to submit written comments or video reflections using the comment box below.
Though not everyone was formally Rod’s “student,” it’s fair to say we all learned immeasurably from our dear brother and dear friend. As such, I (Daniel) don’t need to explain what it felt like to hear of his sudden passing this past December. Succinctly put, losing Rod was like being on high seas and having the North Star disappear from view – I can only hope that I will find a way to reorient myself and continue on.
Rod taught through his scholarship and his very way of being to do and to recognize the kind of serious intellectual and engaged work necessary to promote social consciousness and social change. For any of you who saw The Matrix, Rod’s teaching was my “Red Pill.” Rod Bush was a radical educator, revolutionary leader and a dear friend.
Thus, we (Daniel and Melanie) invite you to participate in a project in commemoration and support of Rod’s life and legacy. For some it will be: “Dear Dr. Bush” (aka Rod, RDB, etc.); for others it will be one of “Reflections and Tributes” so that we may share stories among the many people and communities he touched.
We’d like YOU to comment below (or record and insert a video clip) to be part of this collective effort! What might you write about? Maybe how his example, his interactions, his teaching, and/or his encouragement affected you and the impact he had. Or, how you first encountered him, or the last thing you spoke about. Share the most important part of your relationship with him. Ask questions that you would have liked to ask him. Write what you would have said if you had known you wouldn’t get another chance.
‘Letters’ can be long or short; general or specific; political, theoretical or everyday; serious or playful. We all know Rod’s very way of being embodied it all. Like your interactions with him, what you write about can span a few months, a few years, or a generation or more.
You can write about how he modeled relationships (with family, friends, colleagues, comrades, students, etc.) centered in love, humility and a profound belief in humanity. Express whatever is meaningful to you. For all the time Rod spent with us and for all the time he spent spreading information and inciting action, we feel this is a fitting tribute.
We may use some of your words at public events commemorating him, in print and digitally published works about his legacy, and/or on the website so please indicate how you’d like to be identified.
If you have any questions or suggestions about this project, just let us know.
Thank you in advance for participating! We look forward to hearing from you.
Dan Douglas working with Mrs.Dr.Bush aka Melanie, etc.