I've been writing and speaking about history for many years. Also organizing, managing, promoting, and otherwise sharing history as a source of information and inspiration.
The other day someone asked me what I wrote about. I said something about women's history, UU history, and local history. "Oh, you just do history," she said.
Me: "No, there is always a political message."
Because history matters, and telling it well matters.
Frankly, our collective lack of historical knowledge (including recent) about all races, classes, and geographic areas of America has gotten us into a real mess.
And so I try to remember the infamous words of Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Speaking in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Judith Sargent Murray's contributions to women's rights.
Photo by Terri Unger.
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Bonnie Hurd Smith