The American people are infected with racism-that is the peril. Paradoxically, they are also infected with democratic ideals-that is the hope. While doing wrong, they have the potential to do right. But they do not have a millennium to make changes. Nor have they a choice of continuing in their old way. The future they are asked to inaugurate is not so unpalatable that it justifies the evils that beset the nation. To end poverty, to extirpate prejudice, to free a tormented conscience, to make a tomorrow of justice, fair play and creativity-all those are worthy of the American ideal.
We have, through massive nonviolent action an opportunity to avoid a national disaster and create a new spirit of class and racial harmony. We can write another luminous moral chapter in American history. All of us are on trial in this troubled hour, but time still permits us to meet the future with a clear conscience.
~Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-1968 United States Minister, Political Activist, Reformer
Historical Age, Age of Reason 1650-1950: Astrological Age, Pisces, 1 AD – 2000; Sun Sign, Capricorn.