As we look to make sense of the current political climate and chart our own course for the future, Margaret Mead’s wisdom comes to mind: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
We were reminded of this quote when reading Christopher Wilson’s recent piece in Smithsonian magazine, Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activism. Wilson, Director of the African American History Program and Experience and Program Design at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, reminds us that change doesn’t happen in a vacuum, as he outlines the organized and organic events that led to civil rights being finally implemented across the states — in some cases years after the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.
Wilson’s article is required reading for all who are contemplating how to be personally involved in our country’s future in the New Year.