Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Looking Back To Know How We Go Forward

New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell reminds us that the Civil Rights Movement demonstrated a determined focus and skillful use of the tools they had at the time--mostly just a telephone--and achieved much:

"These events in the early sixties became a civil-rights war that engulfed the South for the rest of the decade—and it happened without e-mail, texting, Facebook, or Twitter."

Gladwell also analyzes how, despite very direct and real danger, this movement managed to recruit thousands of young people, and looks at how and why they were able to channel that commitment into real-world progress.

(Above bumpersticker design by me, available here.)

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