Quote Sets

If I was an exceptional human being in Detroit, then I saw no reason why I couldn't be an exceptional human being in Mississippi. In Hattiesburg. Victoria Gray Adams
If you can't find anybody else, then I'll go. So, they couldn't find anybody else. So, I went. Victoria Gray Adams
As far as I am concerned, freedom summer never really ended. Victoria Gray Adams
'... you can be on staff, but not come to meetings.' And I said, 'well, no we can't do that, because SNCC has never required second class citizenship of anybody, and we can't start now.'
They would say, 'Yeah, I've been a Klansman all this time and now I've joined the Civil Rights Movement.' Bob Zellner
…if you had an alteration with a white person who was trailing you or whatever or giving you the finger; he's not gonna do anything right then; he's gonna go home and organize and then come get you. Cleveland Sellers
We could call ourselves Christian and treat an entire race of men like animals. Kenneth Toler
They saw no contradictions in how they treated me and Christianity. Spencer Perkins
I believe God was in Christ, not will be, perhaps, maybe if we're good boys and girls, it's over, it's done, we are one people, race is a violation, nations are a violation… Will D. Campbell
Sam Bowers has a good southern Baptist background which was obviously warped somewhere along the way. Kenneth E. Christopherson
I think what ended up getting our family involved in the civil rights movement was the way we looked at the scripture and the heavy emphasis on God's concern for the poor and on justice. Spencer Perkins
The churches were a bastion of segregation. Spencer Perkins
My anguish was extreme after getting kicked out of SNCC… Bob Zellner
They were beginning to burn churches. They were beginning to move beyond crosses… They burned churches because they understood that the Christian faith was what inspired the movement and kept it going. Ed King
There was no miracle that night… Ed King
Within the church, many people of conscience left. They were worshipping in their homes--these were people who were not ready to join the movement, but were also not going to give homage to the church. They were influenced by the confessing church.
...I fell on my knees and started praying to God that he would spare my husband, spare his life... Roosevelt and Beatrice Cole
...I am saddened at what has happened to [Dr. King]. He has become a superhero; I would rather him be a human person; you know, I'm gonna go out there and fight for justice and be like Dr. King.
…there was still the comradery, the friendship…
Here we are; invading their privacy; you're suggesting that they do something that can get them killed; lose their lives and their livelihood.
We cannot sit around and talk about the beloved community. Cleveland Sellers
...we were not developing a coalition: and without that there is no beloved community. We had to go back and ask how to develop political power for the black community. For the disenfranchised. Now we have to organize a little differently...
We wanted black power to be all things to all people. Cleveland Sellers
Black power got to moving so fast that we miscalculated the fallout. I certainly have to take some of the responsibility of that; but there was no way we anticipated the response. Cleveland Sellers
It is my hope that the pagan media and academic establishment will implode on the force of its own corruption and stagnation. Sam Bowers
Psychologically, I'm a Roman Baptist. Sam Bowers
The civil rights movement was devoid of grace; it was using some unfortunate people as means to a communistic end. Sam Bowers
I think I came here as a priest… The priest is more concerned with heresy than with sin; sins can be forgiven; heresy must be eliminated. Sam Bowers
...my prosecution of klansmen was done in some way to restore civilization to the county. Charles Pickering
[My father] had become more of a Christian and talked about forgiveness, reconciliation and all that instead of going the other way. And I was disappointed.