Guests: Lauren Duncan, Mary Frances Berry
What makes an activist? What fuels their passion and drives them to challenge the status quo, to protest, to believe they can make a difference? Today we start our hour off discussing the psychology of activism with LAUREN DUNCAN, a professor of psychology at Smith College. Then, a conversation with long time civil rights activist and University of Pennsylvania historian, MARY FRANCES BERRY. Berry was a Vietnam War protester, co-founder of the Free South Africa movement and was appointed to the US Commission on Civil Rights by President Carter. In her new book, History Teaches Us to Resist, Berry looks at progressive resistance movements in our nation’s past and how they have led to important political change even under conservative administrations.