"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Even a superficial look at history reveals that no social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitability. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. Without persistent effort, time itself becomes an ally of the insurgent and primitive forces of irrational emotionalism and social destruction. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Stride Toward Freedom the Montgomery Story - Chapter XI Where Do We Go From Here
Reflection on the quotation by a King Center Staff Member:
I remind myself of this passage daily. There are difficult days and weak moments when I feel weary. But we must keep the dream alive and moving forward – particularly among the children of this new generation. It is easy to forget if we do not continue to teach.
--- Stephen DuBose, CFO the King Center