If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and
sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
A lie cannot live.
A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its
own spiritual death on the installment plan.
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense
than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.
A right delayed is a right denied.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to
face with another problem.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.
We will speed the day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews
and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing...
Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last.
Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of
Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the
Declaration of Independence, we were here. If the inexpressible cruelties of
slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive
out hate; only love can do that.
Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of
their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as
truth in the society dominating them.
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