... we shall overcome. And I believe it because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.
We shall overcome because Carlyle is right; "no lie can live forever".
We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right; "truth crushed to earth will rise again"...
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.
With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.
With this faith, we will be able to speed up the day. And in the words of prophecy, every valley shall be exalted. And every mountain and hill shall be made low. The rough places will be made plain and the crooked places straight...
An excerpt from Martin Luther King's final sermon in Memphis
April 3, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)