deprive of the positive qualities of a person
dehumanizing, as was our being forced to shave all of our facial hair as part of an effort to strip away our dignity — our very humanity.
the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety
As the days wore on, we sang to keep the
monotony from getting to us.
the rational investigation of existence and knowledge
To them, nonviolence was just a tactic, not a personal
philosophy or a way of life.
expressive of low opinion
Deputy Tyson, do you mean anything
derogatory when you call us BOY?
the administrator responsible for student records
I wrote the
registrar back at school, explaining that I wouldn't be able to get back to Nashville for my graduation because I was in jail in Mississippi.
the state of having knowledge of
The fare was paid in blood, but the freedom riders stirred the national
consciousness and awoke the hearts and minds of a generation.
a system of rules of conduct or method of practice
I deeply believe that our
discipline paved the road to our success.
rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
Stokely later said he never saw it as his responsibility to be the moral and spiritual
reclamation of some racist thug.
formal and explicit approval
But by the end of 1961, Dr. King gave the idea his full
a legal right to vote
The central front is that of
suffrage. If we can win the right to vote, it will place in our hands more than an abstract right -- it will give us the concrete tool with which we, ourselves, can correct injustice.
a disorderly outburst or tumult
We were getting set to drive over to First Baptist when we heard a
an assumption made in advance
We affirm the philosophical or religious ideal of nonviolence as the foundation of our purpose, the
presupposition of our faith, and the manner of our action.
cause to separate and go in different directions
dissipates prejudice; hope ends despair.
a state of deep-seated ill-will
Mutual regard cancels
take the place or move into the position of
The redemptive community
supersedes systems of gross social immorality.
a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
Love is the central
motif of nonviolence.
peaceful resistance to a government
By appealing to conscience and standing on the moral nature of human existence,
nonviolence nurtures the atmosphere in which reconciliation and justice become actual possibilities.
a person from whom you are descended
It very appropriate then, that from this cradle of the confederacy, the very heart of the great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom, as have our generations of
forbears before us have done, time and time again throughout history.
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
Let us rise to the call of freedom-loving blood that is in us, and send our answer to the
tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South.
a glove of armored leather that protects the hand
In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust, and toss the
gauntlet before the feet of tyranny.
a high standing achieved through success or influence
Shuttlesworth made a promise that afternoon to Dr. King: "I assure you," he said, "if you come to Birmingham, this movement will not only gain
prestige -- but it will really shake this country."
liable to sudden unpredictable change
erratic, irresponsible, and just plain mean.
an unshakable belief in something without need for proof
A movement is when people actually do it out of
move away from each other
A-all right --
disperse -- or you're going to get wet.
concurrence of opinion
A week after the attack on those children, an
accord was reached in Birmingham.
marked by sound judgment
The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or state legislative body can prudently ignore them.
strife resulting from a lack of agreement
The fires of frustration and
discord are burning in every city, North and South.
able to read and write
The Administration took the position that, if you had a 6th grade education, you should be considered
literate and able to vote.
an attribute that must be met or complied with
SNCC's position -- and mine -- was that the only
qualification for being able to vote should be that of age and residence.
represent something in a theatrical manner
This march will help
dramatize our struggle, mobilizing support in parts of the country that don't know the problem first-hand.
Our movement was about creating an open,
show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
And, violence, no matter how
justified, was not something I could accept.
a purposeful or industrious undertaking
There is no one, in my estimation, more qualified to organize this
endeavor than Bayard Rustin.
guided by or in accordance with a sense of right and wrong
I'm telling you, people are going to use him against us. He's a
conscientious objector, he's been linked to the Communist Party.
serving or tending to excite or stimulate
You say this march will not include any civil disobedience or sit-ins. Is SNCC backing away from its
without mercy or pity
Even though he could be a little rough --
ruthless, some would say -- he was willing to learn, to grow, and to change.
being on topic and prompting thought
The meetings were quick. Nothing
substantive was discussed.
a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service
I hope this will not delay your
a tenant farmer who owes a portion of each harvest for rent
While we stand here, there are
sharecroppers in the Delta of Mississippi who are out in the fields working for less than three dollars a day, twelve hours a day.
We come here today with a great sense of
an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something
It is true that we support the administration's Civil Rights Bill — we support it with great
not adhering to ethical principles
By and large, American politics is dominated by politicians who build their careers on
immoral compromises, and ally themselves with open forms of political, economic, and social exploitation.
an act that victimizes someone
By and large, American politics is dominated by politicians who build their careers on immoral compromises, and ally themselves with open forms of political, economic, and social
a drastic and far-reaching change in ways of thinking
I appeal to all of you to get involved in this great
revolution that is sweeping this nation.
a cherished desire
In those moments, Dr. King made plain all of our hopes, our