And I would say to you this morning that you have an opportunity to feel that you’re somebody,

if you develop early the proper religious faith. In our society, in which It’s so easy for us to feel that we don’t count, in which it’s so easy to feel that we are sort of de-personalized cogs in a vast industrial machine, this has vital significance. And this has a lot of significance for the race problem and for every Negro who stands in America. It’s so easy for us to feel inferior because we have lived so long amid the tragic midnight of injustice and oppression…And it’s so easy for us to feel that we don’t count, that we are not significant, that we are less than We stand every day before a system which says that to us. But I say to you this morning, you should go out with the assurance that you belong and that you count and that you are somebody because God loves you. And that becomes a hope That is the vital point. When men can see the true meaning of the great religion of the ages, they can find a new sense of dignity and a new sense of belonging. And they can walk through life with a self-respect, with a sense of dignity that nothing can take from them.

–Overcoming an Inferiority Complex, MLK

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