It doesn't matter how strong your opinions are. If you don't use your power for positive change, you are, indeed, part of the problem.

— Coretta Scott King

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Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

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Love is such a powerful force. It's there for everyone to embrace-that kind of unconditional love for all of humankind. That is the kind of love that impels people to go into the community and try to change conditions for others, to take risks for what they believe in.

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I must remind you that starving a child is violence.

Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

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I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.

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Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.

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I believe all Americans who believe in freedom, tolerance and human rights have a responsibility to oppose bigotry and prejudice based on sexual orientation.

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Segregation was wrong when it was forced by white people, and I believe it is still wrong when it is requested by black people.

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Behind every good man, there's a good woman reminding you I knew you when you didn't have nothing.

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Justice is never advanced in the taking of human life.

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All we seek is an America where every person is given the chance to productively contribute to his country and where he can receive a fair and equitable share of the wealth that production creates.

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Hate is too great a burden to bear.

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About Coretta Scott King

Quotes 63 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday April 27, 1927

I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.

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I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes - the finer things of life - would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.

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Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.

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Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years.

He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence.

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People have to allow themselves to be used by God and Martin [Luther King, Jr.

] committed himself totally to God's will and purpose and God is always waiting for someone who is willing to do that.

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Isn't it strange how the leaders of nations can talk so eloquently about peace while they prepare for war? ... There is no way to make peace while preparing for war.

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If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.

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As an African American child growing up in the segregated South, I was told, one way or another, almost every day of my life, that I wasn't as good as a white child.

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Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.

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Nonviolence is a method that transforms, first of all, the individual once you understand it and embrace it. It begins with you and, if you can, about transforming individuals so that they love unconditionally.

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When Good Friday comes, these are the moments in life when we feel there's no hope. But then, Easter comes.

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I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy. The civil rights movement thrives on unity and inclusion, not division and exclusion. My husband's struggle parallels that of the gay rights movement.

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You cannot believe in peace at home and not believe in international peace.

A war with Iraq will increase anti-American sentiment, create more terrorists, and drain as much as 200 billion taxpayer dollars, which should be invested in human development here in America.

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The greatest violence is seeing a child go to bed hungry.

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The process of nonviolence is one that takes time and those of us who've suffered, who've been persecuted over the years, would like to see things change, you know, overnight.

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If sexual relations between consenting adults are not part of the right to privacy guaranteed by the Constitution, then American democracy is in trouble.

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...We have an historic opportunity for a great global healing and renewal. If we will accept the challenge of nonviolent activism with faith, courage, and determination, we can bring this great vision of a world united in peace and harmony from a distant ideal into glowing reality.

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How many must die before we can really have a free and true and peaceful society?

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To really know someone is to have loved and hated him in turn.

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We have to launch a national campaign against homophobia in the black community.

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I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people, and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.

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I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice. But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

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A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages.

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I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.

's dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people.

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As one whose husband and mother-in-law have died the victims of murder and assassination, I stand firmly and unequivocally opposed to the death penalty for those convicted of capital offenses. An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation. Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is never upheld by a legalized murder.

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nonviolence first changes the individual.

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When aroused the American conscience is a powerful force for reform.

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People need role models. They need to see examples of people in peoples' lives.

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When the heart is right, the mind and the body will follow.

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If a man had nothing that was worth dying for, then he was not fit to live.

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There is a spirit and a need and a man at the beginning of every great human advance. Every one of these must be right for that particular moment of history, or nothing happens.

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I'm more determined than ever that my husband's dream will become a reality.

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An evil deed is not redeemed by an evil deed of retaliation.

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Money is necessary -- both to support a family and to advance causes one believes in.

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Violence diminishes our humanity.

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It's going to take an act of Congress to deal with poverty and hunger, not only in this country, but throughout the world. We have the resources but we don't have the will.

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We must eliminate the gulf of mistrust and ignorance that keeps us from learning from each other.

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