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" 1963, because of the sense of moral authority that the civil rights movement had, we were able to get people to respond, because of the quality of our demand and our sense of moral authority. "
" A few days after Bloody Sunday, there was demonstration in more than 80 American cities. People were demanding that the government act. "
" Before we went on any protest, whether it was sit-ins or the freedom rides or any march, we prepared ourselves, and we were disciplined. We were committed to the way of peace - the way of non-violence - the way of love - the way of life as the way of living. "
" Be hopeful. Be optimistic. Never lose that sense of hope. "
" Black men and women were not allowed to register to vote. My own mother, my own father, my grandfather and my uncles and aunts could not register to vote because each time they attempted to register to vote, they were told they could not pass the literacy test. "
" Comics, in a sense, the style, the images - it's almost like music. They say music is a universal language, but when the eyes behold something, a figure, somebody moving; it's real, and it cannot be denied. "
" Customs, traditions, laws should be flexible, within good reason, if that is what it takes to make our democracy work. "
" Dr. King was one of the most inspiring human beings I ever met. He was such a warm, compassionate, and loving human being. "
" Early on, I wrote a letter to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was 17. I felt called, moved. "
" Following the teaching of Gandhi and Thoreau, Dr. King, it set me on a path. And I never looked back. "
" I always felt growing up that in the South there was evil but also good - so much good. "
" I am very, very hopeful about the American South - I believe that we will lead America to what Dr. King called 'the beloved community.' "
" I believe in forgiveness; I believe in trying to work with people. "
" I believe race is too heavy a burden to carry into the 21st century. It's time to lay it down. We all came here in different ships, but now we're all in the same boat. "
" I believe that you see something that you want to get done, you cannot give up, and you cannot give in. "
" I couldn't say no to A. Philip Randolph and no to Martin Luther King, Jr. These two men, I loved them, I admired them, and they were my heroes. "
" I do not agree with what Mr. Snowden did. He has damaged American international relations and compromised our national security. He leaked classified information and may have jeopardized human lives. That must be condemned. "
" I don't think Trump really believes in all this stuff. But he thinks this would be his ticket to the White House - at least to get the Republican nomination. "
" I don't understand it, how President Johnson can send troops to Vietnam and cannot send troops to Selma, Alabama, to protect people whose only desire is to register to vote. "
" If it hadn't been for that march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, there would be no Barack Obama as President of the United States of America. "
" If someone had told me in 1963 that one day I would be in Congress, I would have said, 'You're crazy. You don't know what you're talking about.' "
" If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream, I say, 'No, it's just a down payment.' "
" If you're not hopeful and optimistic, then you just give up. You have to take the long hard look and just believe that if you're consistent, you will succeed. "
" I grew up in rural Alabama, 50 miles from Montgomery, in a very loving, wonderful family: wonderful mother, wonderful father. We attended church; we went to Sunday school every Sunday. "
" I grew up very poor in rural Alabama. "
" I have met every president since President Kennedy. And I think Barack Obama must be listed as one of the best. This young man has been so inspiring - not just to people in America but to people all around the world. "
" I'm very hopeful. I am very optimistic about the future. "
" In 1965, the attempted march from Selma to Montgomery on March 7 was planned to dramatize to the state of Alabama and to the nation that people of color wanted to register to vote. "
" I never praised Mr. Snowden or said his actions rise to those of Mohandas Gandhi or other civil rights leaders. "
" In Selma, Alabama, in 1965, only 2.1 percent of blacks of voting age were registered to vote. The only place you could attempt to register was to go down to the courthouse. You had to pass a so-called literacy test. And they would tell people over and over again that they didn't or couldn't pass the literacy test. "
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