In the midst of a frenzy of partisan accusation and counter-accusation over the debt and economic woes more generally, the civil rights song We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For is worth recalling. In this month of the dedication of the King Memorial in Washington, the song captures the freedom movement's grassroots wisdom often lost in today's focus on famous leaders. Ending segregation was too big a task for the courts, the Kennedy administration, Congress or eloquent civil rights leaders to accomplish on their own. It took the work of everyone.
Cantor, Nancy, "We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For" (2011). Office of the Chancellor. Paper 40.
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