An Ordinary Rebel


Have you ever wondered what it is like to be alive at a pivotal moment in history, and, in some subtle but significant way a catalyst for dramatic, desperately needed changes? If you would have had the courage of those ordinary people who took risky action – like Rosa Parks sitting down on a bus, or Emily Davison chaining herself to railings, or Vera Obolenskaya, working with the French Resistance in WWII. Or would you have shrugged your shoulders and said ‘I’ve got no power. I can’t change anything.’?

I know I’ve thought about it – which is probably why when I was reading about Romania a couple of years ago, I was so fascinated to discover there seemed to be one single moment when a few, rebellious shouts in the crowd led to a massive uprising and the downfall of Ceausescu. It made me wonder about who…

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