Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story of the Movement

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Introduction

Moving Beyond the Boundaries

Being a teacher refers less to one who gives answers and expects conformity . . . and more to one who is capable of providing contexts and stimuli so each learner can discover for him or herself. Such teachers are skillful intermediaries and guides in the search for meaning and self-understanding. Rather than creating followers or imitators, their objective is to cultivate discoverers and seekers.

One of the qualities that seem to characterize great teachers is their willingness and capacity to go beyond given and inherited or conditional boundaries. Part of their genius is to be able to see things differently and act accordingly.

— Ronald L. Massanari1

When I was asked to write these essays for teachers of all kinds, to explore with them the powerful and humanizing lessons that are available to us in the story of the post-World War II stage of the Black freedom movement, I was very pleased and deeply honored. For this work allowed me to continue repaying a great debt, one which I owe to all the women and men who have guided me in schools and churches, in community centers and on front porches, who taught me faithfully at street corners in Harlem and in my own living room, and who, even now, still open new vistas and ventures of the mind and heart for my continuing growth and development.

Of course, the essays are far more than personal offerings. They are also meant to send forth words of encouragement, solidarity, and hope to that far-flung band of patient, wise, often

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Introduction - Moving beyond the Boundaries 1
  • 1 - Signs . . . Signs . . . Turn Visible Again 13
  • 2 - Advanced Ideas about Democracy 26
  • 3 - More Power Than We Know 56
  • 4 - Fighting for Freedom with Church Fans 75
  • 5 - God's Appeal to This Age" 91
  • 6 - Gifts of the Black Movement 105
  • 7 - Poets, Musicians, and Magicians 126
  • 8 - Doing the Right Thing in Mississippi and Brooklyn 154
  • 9 - In Search of the World 166
  • 10 - Is America Possible? 177
  • 11 - One Final, Soaring Hope 190
  • 12 - Letters to Teachers in Religious Communities and Institutions 201
  • Acknowledgments 229
  • Notes 235
  • Index of Names and Titles 245
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