Chapter One: Know Something to Believe in Something
It is imperative that young people be told that we have come a long way, otherwise they are likely to become cynical. A cynical young person...means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing in nothing.
When I was a teenager and a member of the Youth Division of the NAACP, we picketed a supermarket in Indianapolis that refused to hire blacks.
I joined the picket line again while studying at Indiana University when the local NAACP branch was marching in front of a barbershop near the Bloomington campus that would not serve...