The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt.
Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)
Source: Strength to Love (1963)
Contributed by: Zaady
It is my hope that as the Negro plunges deeper into the quest for freedom and justice he will plunge even deeper into the philosophy of non-violence.
Even though I have never had an abrupt conversion experience, religion has been real to me and closely knitted to life. In fact the two cannot be separated; religion for me is life.
Source: An Autobiography of Religious Development (Nov. 1950 essay)
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it's right.
We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)
We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?
Everything we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Source: The Measure of the Man, 1958.
Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.
Source: "Letter from Birmingham Jail," in Why We Can't Wait, 1963.
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