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The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society.

The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society.


         

Without prayer, without faith in the Almighty, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings.

Without prayer, without faith in the Almighty, the civil rights movement would have been like a bird without wings.


         


I believe in forgiveness I believe in trying to work with people.

I believe in forgiveness I believe in trying to work with people.


         

Even if toxic people are right about what is "good, " they are wrong if the approach is not healthy.

Even if toxic people are right about what is "good, " they are wrong if the approach is not healthy.


         


Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.

Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.


         

The action of Rosa Parks, the words and leadership of Dr. King inspired me. I was deeply inspired. I wanted to do something.

The action of Rosa Parks, the words and leadership of Dr. King inspired me. I was deeply inspired. I wanted to do something.


         

Love is a better way.

Love is a better way.


         

It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.

It was not enough to come and listen to a great sermon or message every Sunday morning and be confined to those four walls and those four corners. You had to get out and do something.


         

We come to Selma to be renewed. We come to be inspired. We come to be reminded that we must do the work that justice and equality calls us to do.

We come to Selma to be renewed. We come to be inspired. We come to be reminded that we must do the work that justice and equality calls us to do.


         

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. made me very, very sad, and I mourned and I cried like many of our citizens did.

The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. made me very, very sad, and I mourned and I cried like many of our citizens did.


         

[O]ur revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination.

[O]ur revolt was as much against the traditional black leadership structure as it was against segregation and discrimination.


         


It is worth starting with visions, though, because they establish hopes and fears. History then determines which prevail.

It is worth starting with visions, though, because they establish hopes and fears. History then determines which prevail.