by Peter Dreier, Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department, Occidental College
*This piece was originally posted on American Prospect.
There’s a scene in last year’s documentary by Lilly Rivlin, Heather Booth: Changing the World, in which Heather and Paul Booth discuss how they met at an anti-war sit-in at the University of Chicago’s administration building in 1966.
“The sit-in lasted several days and nights. We got to know each other very well,” Paul recalled. “By the end of the week I was ready to propose marriage and I did.” Married the following year, they spent a lifetime together as key organizers and activists in every social justice movement of the past half-century.