Anyway, this month's pick was a novel by Kathryn Stockett, The Help, which tells the story of three women living in Jackson, Mississippi, during the brink of the civil rights movement. Two black maids and one white wanna-be journalist tell a heart-warming story about what it's like to live on the outside of social norms. I highly recommend it for its innovative treatment of a frequently visited topic and for its general humanistic appeal.
Throughout our discussion, the topic of activism vs. progressive came up (quite appropriate for the week of MLK's birthday). We struggled to define both terms and essentially came up with the following:
- An progressivist is a forward thinker, someone who challenges the status quot, but does not take action to change the behaviors of others.
- An activist is one who takes a stand for his/her beliefs and works to change the attitude or behavior of others in order to reach a goal.
What would you do if you had the power of many?