–Martin Luther King, Jr.
–Sgt. Curtis Davenport of the Atlanta Police Department addressing 22 officers in deescalation tactics
Note: I believe that Sgt. Davenport provides an interesting perspective as an African American police officer. I highly recommend that you check out the full article this came from, and the three other pieces in the series.
–Ulysses S Grant, 18th President of the United States
Context for this quote shows a paternalistic, but somewhat progressive for that time, view arguing that African Americans, who had been enfranchised only a few years before, should be allowed to educate themselves in order to make them selves “worthy of their new privilege,” which was the vote. An educated and informed Public is a requirement of for any democratic form of government to function well.