Across the nation, and here in Massachusetts, the calls are growing louder, following two controversial grand jury decisions, and several other high-profile police-involve deaths. There’s no question that these protests are a national movement. But will it last? And can it lead to real change?

Isaac Borenstein is a retired judge who now teaches law at Northeastern and Suffolk universities.

Jocelyn Viterna teaches sociology at Harvard and focuses on social movements and civil society.