Segregation is that which is forced upon an inferior by a superior. Separation is done voluntarily by two equals.
Good education, housing and jobs are imperatives for the Negroes, and I shall support them in their fight to win these objectives, but I shall tell the Negroes that while these are necessary, they cannot solve the main Negro problem.
To have once been a criminal is no disgrace. To remain a criminal is the disgrace.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
I didn’t wake up and decide to become an activist. But you couldn’t help notice the inequities, the injustices. It was all around you.
I believe in a religion that believes in freedom. Any time I have to accept a religion that won’t let me fight a battle for my people, I say to hell with that religion.
You will kill 10 of our men, and we will kill 1 of yours, and in the end it will be you who tire of it.
Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds. I have always kept an open mind, a flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of the intelligent search for truth.
No country is free unless it is democratic.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.