Changed People Changing the World

January 19, 2014 1 Comment

Check out this relaxed conversation between Dr. King and Merv Griffin. Dr. King reflects on the political context in Atlanta, which he called the most progressive city in the South—and the opportunities it afforded for progress for civil rights. Toward the end, Dr. King reflects on the progress to date in civil rights.


He makes a strong connection between the inner condition of people in the movement and their capacity to make change. “The greatest thing that has taken place is the internal change in the psyche of the Negro. The Negro has a sense of pride he has desperately needed all along … The Negro has straightened up his back. You can’t ride a man’s back unless it’s bent … I think the Negro has a kind of determination. And there are numerous allies in the white community with the same kind of determination. And with this kind of creative and constructive coalition, we can move forward even to solve these more difficult problems I have mentioned.” It makes me wonder what will build a renewed sense that we can, in fact, change the world.

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  • Cynthia Silva Parker says:

    Also, check out this article “4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than You Thought”

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