The Negro revolution may be blocked here and diverted there, but it cannot be stopped. It surges up from the very depths of our social life, from people who for decades had been cowed into silence or drugged into apathy. Now, with a high and marvelous anger, they take to the picket lines, the streets and the jails, brimming with the assurance that they sacrifice in behalf of their children’s freedom, armored with the tough shield of non-violence, and above all, acting on their own, self-reliant and proud, little helped by the white liberals and barely understood by the Kennedy administration. If the government really helps the Negroes, well and good; that will make their struggle easier, though it will not remove the need for strug...
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