We at Faith in Healthcare often hear some skepticism about the prospects for ensuring healthcare for all in the U.S., without the barriers of premiums, co-pays, and deductibles.
How to respond to the doubters? It is tempting to simply lean on the promise first made by abolitionist minister Theodore Parker: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” This assurance was often cited by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., among other legendary activists for justice. But what evidence do we have that it is true?
Plenty. Just as it may seem impossible now that we will achieve healthcare for all, it once seemed just as impossible to win the human rights battles of the past. Abolitionists inspired the women’s suffragists, who in turn inspired Gandhi and the anti-colonial movement. The resisters of colonialism inspired the civil rights advocates like Dr. King, who inspire us today.
So, with the goal of adding a link or two to that powerful chain, Faith in Healthcare provides this list we call the “Bending the Arc Book Club.” This collection of books—and sometimes films—tells the stories of the great movements of the past. All of the books mentioned include web links to the publishers or online book sellers.