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  •  The power in all of these actions (6+ / 0-)

    in the whole movement really, was in how doing everyday things in the context of protesting Jim Crow could become a heroic act.

    I"m generally uncomfortable with the term "hero" because I think it's over- and misused as often as it is applied appropriately.  But to think about how everyday actions can become heroic when "regular" people have the strength of their convictions and their courage to see them through despite enormous obstacles, that helps me be more comfortable with the adjectival form of hero, at any rate...

    Thanks for the important reminder diary.  And just for the record, let me add:

    Rest in Peace, Dr. Hood.  
    James Hood, Ph.D.
    I don't usually hold much stuff with letters after names (got a few of them myself), but these particular letters, from that particular institution, well they are really something!

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:23:15 PM PST

    •  They do. (8+ / 0-)

      I don't normally refer to people as heroes, nor as warriors.  Both are horribly misapplied to the point that they've lost all meaning.  But in this case, it fits.  I really think he probably had not the slightest idea what that one brave act - confronting Wallace and his thugs on the steps of that auditorium - would launch, but it set dominoes falling all over the country.

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      by Aji on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 08:27:38 PM PST

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