Being, Building and Doing Good through activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social movements.

This book is a place where social actors in transformative times will find connection between servant-leaders like Medgar Evers and Malcolm X, who themselves have hallowed certain spaces with their sacrifices for justice, and the sustainers, who ensured the transformation of Robben Island Prison, the Selma to Montgomery trail, and other sites into permanent symbols of equality. Builders, actors, preservers,  scholars, storytellers and activists, by returning again and again to these sites, hallow these grounds anew. Through their stories, readers will find:

inspiration to transform, restore and sustain landmarks of justice, in order to maintain the flame of many selfless acts, and by that light, to illuminate current and future efforts to transform society and bring forth the fruits of equality;

information about the reinforcing power that sacred spaces of the struggle have, for all generations and groups of justice workers, whether their efforts takes digital, direct action, traditional, or non-hierarchical form;

evolution of landmarks of the civil rights, human rights and social movements, and specific changes those landmarks must make in order to play a more integral and explicit role in bringing justice and equality for the marginalized.


Catherine Flemming Bruce

About the Author

Catherine Fleming Bruce, Principal at TNOVSA,LLC, focused on media, politics, preservation and global projects. The author's personal journey as a sustainer of civil and human rights legacy sites led to curiosity about others who fought for the survival of locations where critical events in civil and human rights movements had taken place. The author's path: the home of South Carolina civil rights activist Mary Modjeska Monteith Simkins and the Visanska Starks House and Carriage House in Columbia, South Carolina. 

An alumna of Agnes Scott College, with a BA in English, Creative Writing and Art, Bruce received her Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Information Studies at the University of South Carolina, and pursued doctoral studies there in mass communication, philosophy and ethics, international relations and international law. She continues to engage in local civil rights, health and social justice work.  Her publications include ‘The globalization-friendly public sphere: contrasting paths to moral legitimacy and accountability’ in Public Sphere Reconsidered: Theories and Practices (2012).