Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. I want to leave a committed life behind.
Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?
Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh.
Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.
Non violent action, the Negro saw, was the way to supplement, not replace, the progress of change. It was the way to divest himself of passivity with arraying himself in vindictive force.
Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society...shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important.