On Gaining Civil Rights: Voices From the 60s

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"Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow. Segregation forever."

George Wallace, Governor of Alabama

"We are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream."

Martin Luther King, Jr., at a bus boycott rally

"We'll take hitting, we'll take beating. We're willing to accept death. But we're going to keep going till we can ride from anywhere in the South to anywhere else in the South."

Jim Zwerg, Freedom Rider, after being beaten by a Montgomery mob

"Love is the central motif of nonviolence. Such love goes to the extreme; it remains loving and forgiving even in the midst of hostility."

Reverend James Lawson, to student activists in North Carolina

"Understand why the Negro must have sit-ins and freedom rides. If his repressed emotions do not come out in nonviolent ways, they will come out in ominous expressions of violence. This is not a threat; it is a fact of history."

Martin Luther King Jr., in "Letter from Birmingham City Jail"

"Why don't you live for the people? Why don't you struggle for the people? Why don't you die for the people? Power to the people."

Fred Hampton, Black Panther leader

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    Civil Rights Movement