Thursday, April 26, 2012


          What can we learn from our past? Is it the mistakes our fellow human beings have made throughout History? Or could it possibly be the lack of empathy we feel for our fellow humans? The 60s and 70s have taught anyone who is familiar with History, numerous things the first being that organized groups can inflicted change. The movement that began change during this period of twenty or so years began in 1954--the Civil Rights movement generated and captivated people of all color, race, and ethnicity because of the absolute truth of Equality.  James Framer, Angela Davis, Roy Wilkins, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, Stokley Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver, Allard Lowenstein, and Bob Moses; all have one important commonality- their ability to lead others, as well as, empower those of other communities. I intend to focus on two individuals as of right now Lowenstein and Moses, because of the 1963 "freedom". Bob Moses coined the name "freedom summer" because his intentions were to bring educated whites and blacks together in racist and segregated southern cities to educate blacks about their rights under the constitution and how they could change their current situation.  By empowering locals within the community, individuals would take stake within the movement adding their own flare and ideas towards the call for equal rights. In addition to the "freedom summer,"  The idea for the MDFP (Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party) was born. This was an attempt to infiltrate the political machine in order to pass legislation that coincided with Civil rights activists ideals.  These are the types of  ideals that paved the way for the 1964 Civil Rights Bill  or the 1965 Voting Rights Acts. Then in the latter months during 1965 the Civil Rights movement took a drastic turn from a nonviolent protest type towards a more radical violent protest type of movement because of the leadership of the new director of SNCC- Stokley Carmichael.
           My question is how can the social revolutions of today create a hierarchical leadership structure, which is not influenced by outside political forces? In theory creating one social organization that encompasses all current social movements may be the factor that current Organizations need to finally United and strengthen the overall call for Social Change. This main umbrella group, which I have coined " TCSM" The Coalition of Social Movements that would represent each group by electing one member, who then act as a committee. This committee then will determine the best way to protest as a whole spearheading numerous problems with an army of peaceful non violent protesters. The idea of figuratively attacking numerous problem was derived from the CCCO during the Chicago Freedom Movement. Although, the next idea I had was generated from the Free Speech Movement that began in Berkeley, California. The coalition needs to be prevalent on each college campus in the United States and each campus needs their own Mark Rudd. The main determination for leadership within each organization can be inferred by the idea that organizations without leadership are not organizations at all, they are more like rallies of individuals with common ideologies. Organizations need leadership to organize ideas and statements regarding wants, needs, and demands; with these ideas are used with good intentions leaders are developed and movements become revolutions.

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