We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.

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Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live.

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

'Letter from Birmingham Jail' in Why We Can't Wait 1963.

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We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.