Unless children have strong education and strong families and strong communities and decent housing, it’s not enough to go sit in at a lunch counter.
In every seed of good there is always a piece of bad.
You really can change the world if you care enough.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt terribly comfortable writing about my body. First of all, I think I took my body for granted for so many years. I abused it a lot.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.
Far less wealthy industrialized countries have committed to end child poverty, while the United States is sliding backwards. We can do better. We must demand that our leaders do better.
Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance – these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.
It was very clear to me in 1965, in Mississippi, that, as a lawyer, I could get people into schools, desegregate the schools, but if they were kicked off the plantations – and if they didn’t have food, didn’t have jobs, didn’t have health care, didn’t have the means to exercise those civil rights, we were not going to have success.
Our true remembrance to President Kennedy is in our actions to honor the unspoken words and finish the unfinished work today and tomorrow and for as long as it takes.
It was clear to me as a civil rights leader in the ’60s that unless we put the social and economic underpinnings beneath the political and the civil rights, we wouldn’t go anywhere.