Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Kevin J. Shay Collected Papers, 1983-2000

Collection: CDG-A

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
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Email: wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu (Curator)
URL: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Library/peace/

Descriptive Summary
The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers/records.
Shay, Kevin J. (1959 - )
Kevin J. Shay Collected Papers
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Language of Materials
Materials in English
7.5 linear inches [papers only]
Kevin J. Shay is a journalist, author, photographer, activist, and marcher for peace and justice.

Administrative Information
Restrictions to Access
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Alternate Form of Material
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Kevin J. Shay (Acc. 99A-052)
Processing Information
Processed by SCPC staff; checklist prepared by Anne Yoder, March 2000; this finding aid revised by Eleanor Fulvio, August 2010
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Kevin J. Shay Collected Papers (CDG-A), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law

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These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record

Historical Background
Kevin James Shay was born in Washington, D.C., and was one of four children born to the late James Shay and Dorothy Shay of Dallas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas. He has been a journalist and editor for newspapers in Maryland and Texas (Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business, Dallas Morning News, Arlington Morning News, Dallas Child Magazine, Arlington News, Metrocrest News, and the Addison/North Dallas Register), for more than 25 years. Shay has also been a staff member of, or contributor to, numerous magazines or newspapers, including One World News Service, Dallas Peace Times, Minority Business News USA, Peace and Freedom, Dallas Advocate for Jobs, and Texas Monthly. He has won national, state and local writing and photography awards, including awards from the Suburban Newspapers of America, Maryland-D.C.-Delaware Press Association, and the Texas Press Association.

Shay's passion for peace and justice has been displayed not only in his work as a journalist, but also in his activities. In 1982-1984, he participated in demonstrations in Texas and Washington, D.C. for justice and against nuclear weapons/power. In 1984-1985, he joined A Walk of the People sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and other organizations; he walked from Texas to New York, then through countries of Europe, Eastern Europe and the former USSR, approximately 5,000 miles in all. The purpose of the walk was to witness against government spending for nuclear weapons, instead of for human needs. Shay participated in the first few days of the Great Peace March in California in 1986, and then conducted his own peace mission by visiting East Germany, the USSR and other countries the same year. In 1988-1989, he walked the entire 1,000 miles of an international march in India. Other activities have included volunteering in soup kitchens, homeless shelters and with youth organizations, and serving as a board member of the Dallas chapter of the ACLU and of Rainbow Bridge, a youth advocacy group in Dallas, and being a Cub Scout den leader and youth sports coach.

Shay wrote a book, Have Feet, Speak Truth about A Walk of the People, published in 1987. He co-authored a book, Time Change, published in 1992, which told Dallas history from the viewpoint of the disenfranchised who worked for justice; it was expanded and reprinted in 2000 with the title, And Justice for All! He authored a book, A Parent's Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth, published in 2003, about educational and fun activities for families in North Texas.

Shay, currently living in Rockville, Maryland, has one son, Preston (born February 3, 2000), and one daughter, McKenna (born November 8, 2002).

[Biographical information from Kevin Shay, May 2010]

Collection Overview
This collection includes biographical material, correspondence, information about walks and marches for peace and social justice, 1983-1989. There is extensive information about "A Walk of the People : a Pilgrimage for Life" in which peace marchers attempted to walk from California to Moscow, leaving Point Conception, California on March 1st, 1984, and arriving in New York on December 15th, 1984, then flying to Europe, and walking through Ireland and Britain and on to Germany, where they were turned back at the East German border and were officially refused permission to march through the Soviet Union in October, 1985. The annotated manuscript of Shay's book about the march, "Have Feet, Speak Truth" is included in the papers. The collection also includes information about the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament and a peace march in India.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1
Biographical information
Participation in March on Washington (DC): Writings by KJS, 1983
Participation in A Walk of the People: General, 1984-1985
Participation in A Walk of the People: Publicity & media coverage, 1984-1985
Participation in A Walk of the People: Photocopies of poems & letters (some by KJS), 1984-1985
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS, 1984-1985
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS -- published book have feet, speak Truth, 1987
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS -- update of have feet, speak Truth, 1999 [subtitled "My four-year odyssey around the world and other journeys; includes chapter on India march, epilogue, list of marches throughout history"]
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS -- MS "Footprints": outline
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS -- MS "Footprints": chapters 1-11

Box 2
Participation in A Walk of the People: Writings by KJS -- MS "Footprints": chapters 12-14
Participation in the Great Peace March: Writings by KJS, 1986
Participation in India Peace March, 1988-1989

This file was last updated on August 21, 2015