Last week, the nation celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We at Move to Amend draw many useful lessons from the successful campaign led by King and other heroic patriots to fight for civil rights for all Americans.
They understood there are two ways to make change:
- Negotiate with power, or
- Build a grassroots movement to take on the power structure and force them to react to you
The Civil Rights leaders chose to build a movement for change. In fact, every amendment to expand human rights has required building a similar movement, and our growing democracy movement is no different.