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A valuable lesson we all ought to learn

Almost daily, we are faced by difficult choices we are challenged to confront over a range of foreign and domestic policy concerns. We must decide whether to stand firm on principle or negotiate and compromise; whether to push for everything we want or work to achieve what we believe is possible.

As these choices play out, I am often guided by an important lesson I learned more than four decades ago from one of my heroes in the US civil rights movement, Julian Bond, a young African American leader of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee.

The story begins at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, IL. In the months preceding the Convention, the country had been shaken by a series of traumatic developments.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in April. Three popular anti-war Senators (Eugene McCarthy, Robert Kennedy, and George McGovern) were running strong campaigns against then-President Lyndon Johnson...

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