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So I went back there thinking, OK, that the Gospel could burn through those racial barriers. Then I faced the harsh reality.
I thought that Christianity could be as good as those wonderful Jewish people. I thought my Christian faith could be as good as those black Muslims that were murdered on the scene. I thought my faith had to be involved as much as their faith.
See, great leaders for social change, I’m just talking about for social change, gotta enter the pain of the people who have the pain and they bear that pain with the people in the pain.
We have a crisis, we have a crisis and it’s a crisis of faith. It’s a crisis of not having a prophetic witness to our society.
The church was, and is, for me, my extended family.
I kept letting them entice me to do more and more and more, and pretty soon, believe it or not, I actually literally closed my business down. And entered into the civil rights movement full time.
In my estimation, the cutting edge of the civil rights movement was the student arm of the movement, they are the ones who enfleshened the social gospel.
...what we must understand [is] that King Josiah has died and it's up to us to continue this, and I for one, am saying, 'Here am I, I'll go, send me.' And I invite you to do likewise.
I decided to focus on three people in the movement: Ella Baker, Amzie Moore, and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Fannie Lou Hamer: The songs came rolling out of her heart, one after the other... she looked at you as though you knew it and then sang it to you and through you since it really didn't matter that you didn't.
Amzie Moore: Amzie was a marked man in the Delta after World War II, but Amzie was the King Solomon of the Delta.
Ella Baker: Ella created a space in which the energy of the youth wind moving in the south could coalesce and give birth. Hers was a lesson about organizing, true, but hers was also a lesson about power, about willpower, and... the capacity to surrender.
And they went down to get her out of jail, and from that moment on that ball started rolling, and that ball is still rolling.
..nonviolence..It is love in action.
I saw this paradox; I saw this contradiction and I knew that we had to do something.
...my religious faith had to be the underpinning… to create a better society.
...in order to bring about progress, there must be a created conflict between old and the new…
...we would educate the nation about Mississippi.
…you had people in Mississippi destroying the black church because…[it] became a symbol of resistance…
...it was our faith that got us through.
David Dennis: I don't grieve for Cheney because...that even though a fuller life than many of us will ever live.
David Dennis: I'm sick and tired of going to memorials, I'm sick and tired of going to funerals. I've got a bitter vengeance in my heart tonight.
David Dennis: The best thing that we can do for Mr. Cheney, for Mickey Schwerner, for Andrew Goodman is stand up and demand our rights.
...the American people must examine themselves for allowing a government to allow white Mississippians to kill black Mississippians at will and now because white blood has been shed also our country is looking for the first time.
For the first time bloody Neshoba has had the red blood of black men and the red blood of white men enrich its soil.
...I will remember James Cheney and I will remember his friends and I will remember what he gave his life for.
Many white people talk of being Christians. They are afraid of Christianity as much as they are afraid of you. And they are afraid of you. They are afraid because of a guilty conscience. Afraid that you would treat us as we have treated you.
"...and Andy Young asked me to walk in front [of the Selma March] as a person from SNCC."
"So it was a very painful, painful experience to see that happen on the night of May 13th [1966]."
Mr. Marsh, I cannot tell you how deeply you have wounded me...