This Is One of the Best Times in History to Be an Organizer

Source: Our Future
by Sulma Arias

“As a community organizer, I often imagine what it would have been like to march with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and win the Voting Rights Act. I always find inspiration in Dr. King’s words, especially this passage from his final book, Where Do We Go From Here? ‘Let us be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved nation to a higher destiny,’ King wrote. ‘To a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness.’ Seen from today, the achievements of Dr. King and his generation seem monumental – they opened the door to civil rights for millions. Surely theirs must have been the best, and most satisfying, time to be an organizer. But the truth is community organizing is never easy.” (01/16/23)