I’ve been rereading the book “The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement” by Aldon D. Morris. I had it sitting on my shelf since I bought it, and skimmed it some previously. But the other day I started reading it again and realized it was far more valuable than I’d previously thought. It’s not just a book on the history of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s also a manual on how to create and sustain a successful movement. The author is a good place to go if you want to learn how to create and sustain a movement.
He talks about the importance of decentralized organization, cooperative and collaborative coordination, the role of movement centers, Movement Halfway “safe” Houses for activists and organizers; and the role of both organization, legal and direct action in carrying out the goals of a movement.
I’m going to write a series of posts on this subject.