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Call for Submissions: Everyday Leadership and the Question, “Why Don’t We Do it?”

A Friend Asks Julian Bond, “Why don’t we do it?”

Julian Bond (left) and Congressman John Lewis participating in a “Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement” panel at LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit in 2014 (photo by LBJ Foundation)
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Shellee O'Brien

Creature of community; Idea gatherer; Citizen-at-large approaching the work of an engaged citizenry like the future depends on it. Founder, Politicolor.com