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There's a long tradition of social change organizing in America. Knowing the history can educate and inspire


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Avery speaks his mind, recalling history

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 Preparing for the Rosa Parks moment

Our civic's books say that Rosa Parks was just tired after a long day at work and decided she didn't want to move. A spontaneous act of resistance, but that's not what happened. As she wrote in her auto biography: "People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in."
 
    Ms. Parks was a volunteer secretary for the local NAACP and spent many hours learning the principles of non violent resistance. Her act of defiance was planned so in order to minimize danger to her but also to inspire other "members" to become "activists." Good organizing builds on the strengths and interests of willing volunteers who are prepared and supported. Read more here

Rosa Parks moment in action
According to the Washington Post "...Perquita Burgess was afraid, her attorney Lisa Bloom said. Afraid of Twitter trolls and other haters. Afraid that a powerful man would ruin her life for daring to cross him. So, Bloom invoked civil rights history to say the words that finally persuaded Burgess, a former Fox temp worker who is African American. 'Do you think Rosa Parks decided she was not going to do what she needed to do because people were going to say nasty things to her?' Bloom said, citing the heroine of the Montgomery bus boycott. 'This is your time.' ”


"So, the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?"
Martin Luther King Jr. From "Letter from Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963

The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.



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