Recently, I enaged in some dialogue with some people about change within communities throughout the country. We talked about actions in Atlanta, Philly, D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere. I grew excited and was taken back to read some of the historic stories of politicians and activists who made a difference by taking a political stand on issues, even taking action, in some cases, by becoming part of the system.
- Harvey Milk: The Mayor of Castro Street by Randy Shilts
- Adam Clayton Powell: Adam by Adam, Adam Clayton Powell; King of Cats,Wil Haygood; Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: The Political Biography of an American Dilemma, Charles V. Hamilton
- J.C. Watts, Jr.: What Color is a Conservative?: My Life and My Politics
- Emiliano Zapata: Zapata, John Steinbeck
- Frederick Douglas: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas
I have found these stories interesting to read and view on DVD in some cases. I truly can say that the common threads of struggle lead many to take action in various forms, but you have to read the stories from a variety of perspectives to see the change brought forth by their efforts.