We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands.
Isn't this like condemning Socrates because his unswerving commitment to truth and his philosophical inquiries precipitated the act by the misguided populace in which they made him drink hemlock?
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Mindful of the difficulties involved, we decided to undertake a process of self purification.
Too long has our beloved Southland been bogged down in a tragic effort to live in monologue rather than dialogue. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound.
This "Wait" has almost always meant 'Never. Before the pen of Jefferson etched the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence across the pages of history, we were here.I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Thus, a moral man cannot simply suffer those laws because they are the law. In our own nation, the Boston Tea Party represented a massive act of civil disobedience. Small in number, they were big in commitment.
Yes, I see the church as the body of Christ. Isn't negotiation a better path?Small in number, they were big in commitment. One is a force of complacency, made up in part of Negroes who, as a result of long years of oppression, are so drained of self respect and a sense of "somebodiness" that they have adjusted to segregation; and in part of a few middle-class Negroes who, because of a degree of academic and economic security and because in some ways they profit by segregation, have become insensitive to the problems of the masses. I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We have gone through an these steps in Birmingham. I began thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro community. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I would like to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals. This is certainly a legitimate concern. Things are different now. It is true that the police have exercised a degree of discipline in handling the demonstrators.