Freedom fighter AND operations mastermind? These are behind-the-scenes stories of changemakers (and their systems) who kept “this little light of mine on” during the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Calling all database admins, data entry mavens, lawyers, accountants, secretaries, treasurers, ghost writers, graphic designers, and activists who never laid hands on a megaphone. This series is for you!

behind the seen

This catapulted Mrs. Dungee beyond simple accounting and into visionary/badass/changemaker territory. And of course – underscores lessons that I’m learning more and more every day – there is no such thing as “back office” in social movement organizations. All of our grievances – and all of our work – are connected.

unsung heroes of a singing movement

In the latest installment of civil writes, mailing lists! solidarity! Angela Davis! and a special appearance by Francois Clemmons!

from bus boycott to badass bureaucracy

The Montgomery Boycott lasted 382 days – and throughout that time, staff and volunteer leaders coordinated intricate carpools with 32 different stops, shepherding 40,000 people to their destinations. I want to learn the story of how they orchestrated such a sophisticated system, so I’m following a breadcrumb trail, and I’m going to share some of that story with you here.


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