KEY COMPONENTS OF SUCCESSFUL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

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"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Update from Chicago Freedom School - FUN AND WORK

Watch the Video.....it starts with Ella's Song and then transitions into modern liberation music.
I LOVE IT that they are having FUN while learning.  Emma Goldman said something to the effect that she didn't want any part of a revolution that you couldn't dance to!  (see reference below video).  (1964 Freedom Schools)


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from Wikipedia page on Emma Goldman - quotation from her book Living My Life (1931)
At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha, a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. Certainly not with such reckless abandon, anyway. It was undignified for one who was on the way to become a force in the anarchist movement. My frivolity would only hurt the Cause. I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business. I was tired of having the Cause constantly thrown into my face. I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. "I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things." Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world — prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own closest comrades I would live my beautiful ideal. (p. 56)
This incident was the source of a statement commonly attributed to Goldman that occurs in several variants:
  • If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!
  • If I can't dance, I don't want your revolution!
  • If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
  • A revolution without dancing is not a revolution worth having.
  • If there won't be dancing at the revolution, I'm not coming.

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