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King’s legacy of religious activism lived on through CALC’s protests of Columbus Day, but moreover his vision appeared in the anti-Columbus activism of a much larger allied movement organization, the National Council of 32 Cultural Movements and Collective Memory Churches (NCC). These two Protestant ecumenical movement organizations— CALC and NCC—united for anti-Columbus protest during the 500th anniversary.
Society that met the needs of the poor masses rather than the needs of a wealthy few. In the patriotic tradition, Columbus Day commonly induced people to make statements about nationalistic loyalty and patriotic obedience. Although Bellamy may have wished his pledge would teach that the country should make their institutions obedient to the needs of the people, the Columbus Day rituals were more likely to teach obedience of people to the nation. In the modern era, the reframing of the patriotic tradition involved playing off of the expectations for obedience; D-AIM played into people’s expectations for disobedience.
Edward Bellamy was the symbolic leader of the nationalist movement, which sought to nationalize public services and the economy to meet the needs of the masses rather than the few. Francis’s brothers book—a utopian tale of an advanced socialist society—sparked more than one hundred grassroots nationalist organizations around the country called Bellamy Clubs. 5 Francis Bellamy also drew from networks established by the Christian socialist movement. Early in the nineteenth century, the French philosopher Henri de Patriotic 15 Saint-Simon expounded a “new Christianity” that sought to use scientific principles to help solve problems with the poor.