Proud to Be a Community Organizer

Proud to Be a Community Organizer

As I am sure, many of you heard that during the Republic Convention derogatory remarks were made about community organizers.  Since then many people have responded in defense of community organizing.  You can do a search of the blogs and put in the words community organizer and get thousands of responses. That being said, as a community organizer that comes from a long line of community organizers I felt a need to say something about community organizing.

Without community organizers we would not be the nation we are today.  Without community organizers there would have been no Civil Rights Movement or Women’s Rights Movement.  The National Welfare Rights Organization, Headstart,labor unions, and many community based programs would have never existed. Community organizers have helped shape our country and our laws and have improved the lives of millions of people worldwide.

Here is a list of just a few community organizers that have contributed to the betterment of our world.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King jr.
  • Jane Addams
  • Mother Jones
  • Paul Wellstone
  • Fanny Lou Hamer
  • Myles Horton
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Eugene Debs
  • Rosa Parks
  • Frank Keeney
  • Si Kahn
  • Johnnie Tillman
  • Gandhi
  • George Wiley
  • Joe Hill
  • Howard Wallace

So, when you hear those remarks about how community organizing isn’t really a job and doesn’t have any responsibilities.  Just think about all these great people and what they have done for our nation.

Please leave a comment and let us know some of your favorite community organizers past and present.


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