Whenever I'm at a crossroads in my life, I go back and read something from history: a documentary, a biographer, some sort of historical document, source material. The reason is why should I reinvent the wheel instead of building upon what's already been done. I'm nothing if not time-effective in my musings. The next thing I do is read or watch something about an imagined past. Here's where the real Dreaming OutLoud and movement happens.
I learned what they did right, what they go wrong and how civil rights workers implemented it, mobilized churches and decided that choosing a charismatic leader was important to helping the grassroots work that had been happening for decades come to a head. I learned that the politics were based on emotions, but the strategies had very little to do with somebody getting mad. They began with anger, but required serious strategy to make them real and to last for years at a time. Organizing a million people to go without paychecks and face torched homes, and lynched children needs something much greater than just anger. It required a life and death set of steps that helped people stand still even in the face of fear daily for years at a time.