People believe what they want to believe. Even if it isn’t true.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was a manifestation of hope that humanity might one day get out of its own way by finding the courage to realize that love and nonviolence are not indicators of weakness but gifts of significant strength.
The enemy was not the Klan but the inside-outside lock that racism and classism had on the minds of the people: It operated from the inside through self-hate and self-doubt, and from the outside through the police, carnivorous landlords, and the welfare system.
I walked straight to the library. Mrs. Bloom, the librarian, always knows everything.
If you’d combat bigotry, use honest language and call things out for what they really are.
Sit on the truth too long and you mash the life right out of it.
The words ‘bad timing’ came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning…they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay.
We did not hesitate to call our movement an army. But it was a special army, with no supplies but its sincerity, no uniform but its determination, no arsenal except its faith, no currency but its conscience.
Segregation in the American South was bankrolled by the wealthy eugenicist from the Northeast, Wickliffe Draper.
The greatest evil in our country today is…ignorance…We need to be taught to study rather than to believe.