That's what he was saying, the civil rights movement - judge me for my character, not how black my skin is, not how yellow my skin is, how short I am, how tall or fat or thin; It's by my character.
There has been only a civil rights movement, whose tone of voice was adapted to an audience of liberal whites.
One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Ganhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
Violence is black children going to school for 12 years and receiving 6 years' worth of education.
Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.
If the psychic energies of the average mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted into the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible.
More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
We all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free market capitalism for the poor.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.
The time is always right to do what is right.
We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.
The humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.
There is a source of power in each of us that we don't realize until we take responsibility.
Look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin,...
Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking.
Half a century ago, the amazing courage of Rosa Parks, the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King, and the inspirational actions of the civil rights movement led politicians to write equality into the law and make real the promise of America for all her citizens.
I never thought I'd see the day that I would see white folks as frightened, or more so, than black folks was during the civil rights movement when we was in Mississippi.
The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.
Well, it's the last step of the civil rights movement: You know, wrap your hands around some money, right?
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.
The talk of winning our share is not the easy one of disengagement and flight, but the hard one of work, of short as well as long jumps, of disappointments, and of sweet success.
I just couldn't move. History had me glued to the seat.
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