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  • 1. Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 2. We have to “walk the walk” not just talk the talk”. Paul Kivel
  • 3. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 4. The minorities have been confined to the city by a moat of bigotry. Shirley Chisholm
  • 5. True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King
  • 6. Without justice, there can be no peace. Martin Luther King
  • 7. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. Chief Seattle, Suquamish
  • 8. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Gandhi
  • 9. It’s time for us as a country to try to come together in ways that freedom was really meant to be. Oprah Winfrey
  • 10. The failures of the past must not be an excuse for the inaction of the present and the future. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 11. When people are forced to interact to survive, their prejudices diminish. Muhammad Ali
  • 12. We need to talk with each other, honestly, simply, caringly. Paul Kivel
  • 13. Would America have been America without her Negro people? WEB DuBois
  • 14. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 15. It’s not easy to be a martyr in the field of race relations. Jackie Robinson
  • 16. Do not wait for leaders, do it alone person to person. Mother Teresa
  • 17. We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we're going. And get the job done. Wilma Mankiller
  • 18. If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • 19. Being able to laugh got me through. Toni Morrison
  • 20. As long as hope remains and meaning is preserved, the possibility of overcoming oppression stays alive. Cornel West
  • 21. The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. Eldridge Cleaver
  • 22. The most dangerous creation of any society is that man who has nothing to lose. James Baldwin
  • 23. Where does a black soul go to rest? Randall Robinson
  • 24. At the heart of the fractured soul of America is the frightening chasm of race. Manning Marable
  • 25. Racism has always been able to come up with a scientific veneer. Andrew Hacker
  • 26. Evil must be attacked by. . . the day to day assault of the battering rams of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • 27. Institutional racism is racism without a face. Clyde W. Ford
  • 28. Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Martin Luther King, Jr
  • 29. Racial prejudices are indication of a disturbed and potentially unstable society. Kenneth B. Clark
  • 30. Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir
  • 31. In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to remember seven generations in the past and consider seven generations in the future when making decisions that affect the people. Wilma Mankiller
  • 32. To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater. Bono