April 10, 1957. St. Louis, Mo.

“The clock of destiny is ticking out…. We are not fighting for ourselves alone, we are fighting for this nation…. I just wish this evening that somebody would take a fast plane over to Washington… and say …that the civil rights issue is not some ephemeral, evanescent domestic issue that can be kicked around by reactionary and hypocritical politicians. But it is an eternal moral issue which may well determine the destiny of our nation.… The destiny of our nation is involved. We can’t afford to slow up. The motor is now cranked up. We are moving up the highway of freedom toward the city of equality, and we can’t afford to slow up because our nation has a date with destiny. We’ve got to keep moving. We’ve got to keep moving.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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