“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

A Time to Break the Silence: April 4, 1967

“But ever since the Founding Fathers of our nation dreamed this dream, America has been something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against herself.”

The American Dream: July 4, 1965

“…white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

Grosse Pointe High School: March 14, 1968

“I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic.”

Letter to Coretta Scott King: July 18, 1952

“The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”

A Time to Break the Silence: April 4, 1967

“…the price that America must pay for the continued oppression of the Negro and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction.”

The American Dream: July 4, 1965

“White Americans must recognize that justice for black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society.”

Where Do We Go from Here? 1967

“All over the globe men are revolting against old systems of exploitation and oppression, and out of the wounds of a frail world, new systems of justice and equality are being born. We in the West must support these revolutions.”

A Time to Break the Silence: April 4, 1967

“Many of our white brothers feel deep down in their hearts that the struggle for racial justice is right. Yet they remain silent, because they are afraid that the majority will criticize them and they will suffer social ostracism.”

Non-Conformist Sunday: Jan 16, 1966