It is true that some demonstrators suffered violence, and that a few paid the extreme penalty of death.

They were the martyrs of last summer who laid down their lives to put an end to the brutalizing of thousands who had been beaten and bruised and killed in dark streets and back rooms of sheriffs’ offices, day in and day out, in hundreds of summers past.

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

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