Direct action is not a substitute for work in the courts and the halls of government.

Bringing about passage of a new and broad law by a city council, state legislature or the Congress, or pleading cases before the courts of the land, does not eliminate the necessity for bringing about the mass dramatization of injustice in front of a city hall. Indeed, direct action and legal action complement one another; when skillfully employed, each becomes more effective.

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

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