“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quote Number:  1106

Source: King Jr, Martin Luther. Letter from Birmingham Jail. April 16, 1963. Online in full here from The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford

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