“… We got to come to see that however much we dislike it, the destinies of white and black America are tied together. Now the races don’t understand this apparently. But our destinies are tied together. And somehow, we must all learn to live together as brothers in this country or we’re all going to perish as fools. Our destinies are tied together. Whether we like it or not culturally and otherwise, every white person is a little bit negro and every negro is a little bit white. Our language, our music, our material prosperity and even our food are an amalgam of black and white, so there can be no separate black path to power and fulfillment that does not intersect white routes and there can ultimately be no separate white path to power and fulfillment short of social disaster without recognizing the necessity of sharing that power with black aspiration for freedom and human dignity. We must come to see: yes, we do need each other. The black man need the white man to save hi from his fear and the white man needs the black man to free him from his guilt.
… It’s going to be more difficult from here on in but I believe we’re going to get there because however much she stray away from it, the goal of America is freedom and our destiny is tied up with the destiny of America.
… However difficult it is during this period, however difficult it is to continue to live with the agony and continued existence of racism, however difficult it is to live amidst the constant hurt, the constant insult and constant disrespect, I can still sing: we shall overcome.” — MLK, March 14, 1968