Which is one of the messages of Sundown Town Duty Station. In chapter 6, we meet Clarissa, a college student from Chicago sitting-in during Mass in the white Catholic church in Meridian. She is alone in a pew while every other pew is jammed full of worshipers. Jon and Teresa Zachery, a young Navy couple, just arrived in town the Friday before, and get in the pew with Clarissa. Jon marvels at the girl's composure in the face of the palpable animosity from the congregation.
The young college girl, Lt. Uhuru's kiss on TV, Sydney Poitier's slap in The Heat of the Night, perhaps not as big a deal as some of the things done by the Civil Rights Giants, but vital none-the-less to bring us from then to now.
The littler things that accumulate to build progress, that's a message in Sundown Town too.