Martin Luther King, Jr.


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  • ''No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. speech, Aug. 28, 1963, at civil rights march, Washington, DC. "I Have a Dream," A Testament of Hope: Essential Writings, ed. James Melvin Washington (1986). King was quoting the Hebrew Bible, Amos 5:24.
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  • ''The question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1964).
  • ''We who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and ... when they fail to do this purpose they become dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1964).
  • ''The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. open letter to clergymen, Apr. 16, 1963. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).
  • ''There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.''
    Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), U.S. clergyman, civil rights leader. "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait (1963).

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