We who in engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive.
The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
A right delayed is a right denied.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.
Videos of Martin Luther King, Jr. interview and speech.