Nonviolent action, the Negro saw, was the way to supplement—not replace—the process of change

through legal recourse. It was the way to divest himself of passivity without arraying himself in vindictive force. Acting in concert with fellow Negroes to assert himself as a citizen, he would embark on a militant program to demand the rights which were his: in the streets, on the buses, in the stores, the parks and other public facilities.

Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, published 1964


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