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.
Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
The civil rights movement didn't begin in Montgomery and it didn't end in the 1960s. It continues on to this very minute.
The time is always right to do what is right.
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.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
My father was a slave and my people died to build this country and I am going to stay here and have a part of it just like you.
One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.
Jim Crow is alive and it's dressed in a Brooks Brothers suit, my friend, instead of a white robe.
Freedom, by definition, is people realizing that they are their own leaders.
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.
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.
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.
Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
I just couldn't move. History had me glued to the seat.
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 humanity of all Americans is diminished when any group is denied rights granted to others.
There is no power in the world that can stop the forward march of free men and women when they are joined in the solidarity of human brotherhood.
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.
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 civil rights movement was based on faith. Many of us who were participants in this movement saw our involvement as an extension of our faith. We saw ourselves doing the work of the Almighty. Segregation and racial discrimination were not in keeping with our faith, so we had to do something.
If Martin Luther King came back, he'd say we need another civil rights movement built on class not race.
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.
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