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Social Justice Movements, Exomoons and a Century of Bird Banding

27.02.21 | Cuca Margoux

What we’re learning about how solar systems and civilizations developed.

In our powerful cover story this month, sociologist Aldon Morris explains how social justice movements succeed. When the Civil Rights Movement began, some social scientists were dismissive of activists and described protests as unthinking mobs. Morris and his colleagues conducted immersive interviews with leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and similar struggles against injustice around the world and found that meticulous planning, cultural resources, discipline and creativity powered the movements, along with emotions ranging from righteous indignation to empathy and love. The Black Lives Matter movement has taken the baton from the Civil Rights era, and as Morris points out, “these struggles necessarily (and excitingly) continue to evolve faster than social scientists can comprehend them.”