"Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail
"I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color-line I move arm in arm with Balzac and
Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls. From out the caves of the evening that swing between the strong-limbed earth and the tracery of the stars, I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously with no scorn nor condescension. So, wed with Truth, I dwell above the Veil. Is this the life you grudge us, O knightly America?"
W. E. B. Du Bois
"Whenever my environment had failed to support or nourish me, I had clutched at books."
"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine
the society in which he is being educated. "
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: "We're going to let our children know that the only philosophers that lived were not Plato and Aristotle, but W. E. B. Du Bois and Alain Locke came through the universe."