Volume 3: Birth of a New Age,
"Quotable Quotes from Rev. King"
31 March 1956
Here are some quotable quotes from the address delivered by Rev. Martin Luther King in Brooklyn Sunday:
"I do not come here with a message of bitterness, hate or despair." "I come with a message of love and a message of hope.
"Press on and keep pressing. If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk--"CRAWL."
"We can't slow up." "We can't slow up and have our dignity and self respect." "We can't slow up because of our love for democracy and our love for America. Someone should tell Faulkner that the vast majority of the people on this globe are colored.
"In our generation something has happened to the Negro. He has decided to reevaluate himself and he is coming to see that he is somebody.
"He has come to realize that every man, from a bass black to a treble white is significant on God's keyboard.
"There comes a time when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of frustration. Today's expression in Montgomery is the expression of 50,000 people who are tired of being pushed around.
"Yes, there are tensions in the South. But the tension we experience there is due to the revolutionary reevaluation of the Negro by himself.
"You can't understand the Montgomery situation unless you understand that the Negro has a new sense of dignity, a new realization of his own worth.
"Dixie has a heart all right. But it's having a little heart trouble right now.
"Montgomery is known as the Cradle of the Confederacy. It has been a quiet cradle for a long, long time, but now the cradle is rocking.
PD. New York Amsterdam News, 31 March 1956.
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