Three alumni members of our Logan Nonfiction program have continued their collaboration on a piece for The New York Times, published earlier this month. Natalie Lampert wrote the article with reporting assistance from Dana Thomas and photography by Elena Horn.
On Saturday evening, a small group of German coal miners — in full gear, from headlamps to black boots — marched into Times Square to sing a song. The men’s coal-streaked faces were somber as they clutched their dust-smeared white overalls and sang the “Steigerlied,” the traditional miner’s song with origins in the 16th century, to a small, somewhat confused crowd of onlookers.
Was it a protest? A political demonstration? A happening?