I’ve talked about this before (ages ago) but it strikes me as worth talking about again as it is such a good example of how it is always worth doing what you believe to be right, even when everyone is telling you it won’t change anything.
In July, 1984, a 21 year old cashier in an Irish supermarket – Dunnes Stores- refused to handle two Outspan grapefruit at her checkout. She did this because her union had decided to protest against apartheid in South Africa by not handling South African produce. The cashier’s name was Mary Manning and she was suspended for her actions. Ten of her colleagues went on strike to protest against her treatment and so began a strike that lasted almost three years.
As Margaret Mead, the well-known anthropologist said –
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
But heartening too when you think about it.