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NBK Night School: The Civil Rights Movement

  • Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)

Social progress often seems to come from big outbursts of mass activity that, in a bewildering variety of forms, and with astonishing daring and solidarity, shape history. They overflow the institutional bounds of the ballot box and bring into action people of all walks of life to use what social power they can muster to change things. We call these movements. This session asks: What makes a movement? How do movements work? When and why do they arise? What forms do they take? Why do they fail? When can they succeed? How much can they win? 

Readings

F.F. Piven, “The Nature of Disruptive Power” from Challenging Authority
Paul Leblanc, “Freedom Budget: The Promise of the Civil Rights Movement for Economic Justice”

Recommended

Rosa Luxemburg, “The Mass Strike, the Political Party, and the Trade Unions”
Piven and Cloward, Poor People’s Movements,
Chapter 1, “The Structuring of Protest”
Chapter 4, “The Civil Rights Movement”
Bayard Rustin, “From Protest to Politics”

Earlier Event: December 11
Transformative Justice Reading Group