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Radicals and Reformers

I strongly believe that social change in democracies occur when radicals put pressure for change outside the political system and reformers work for change within the system. The radicals are like the canary in the coal mine: they spot the … Continue reading

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Will D. Campbell, Bootleg Preacher

During the past few months, political figures like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have been saying divisive language that has been scapegoating groups like immigrants, Muslims, LGBT individuals, and African Americans. They are exploiting the fears of many of the … Continue reading

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The Freedom Train 2015

On January 19, 2015, I went on what is announced as being the last Freedom Train to commemorate the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomey, Alabama, in 1965. It was a very festive atmosphere, as many families of all … Continue reading

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Riding the Freedom Train from San Jose to San Francisco

For the past few weeks I’ve been waiting for Martin Luther King’s Day to come. I had been wanting to go to the Freedom Train and join in the celebration in San Francisco for King’s legacy. It was a lot … Continue reading

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Radicals, Reformers and Diversity of Thought in the Civil Rights Movement

When one looks at the great social movements that have changed America for the better, one of the things that becomes apparent is the diversity of viewpoints that are found among the various activists fighting for social change. Some activists … Continue reading

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Book Suggestions for Black History Month

This February we celebrate Black History Month, a time when we can celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans to our history. According to wikipedia, Black History Month had its beginnings in 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the … Continue reading

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The March On Washington For Jobs and Freedom 1963

Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is one of the most important speeches in American history. It influenced many Americans at the time to support the civil rights movement and it has influenced future generations of reformers … Continue reading

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