February 3, 2017, Cognoscenti published:
History Repeating: Lessons From The Civil Rights Era For Maximizing The Power Of Protests
At least one elected official and his advisors seem eager to confirm the adage that “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” As Americans gird themselves against societal upheaval and figure out how to respond, it’s worth noting that we can learn from history in an effort to repeat past successes.
How do you oppose a government? There have been articles written on how Italy finally rid themselves of a kleptocratic businessman-prime minister
, or how Venezuelans confronted an authoritarian president
. While there are lessons to learn from both of those situations, the United States has an excellent example of a successful protest movement to model ourselves on from the Civil Rights Era.
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