"I come to you saying that I still believe that America has the resources and even the will to respond to the challenges of this hour. I refuse to accept the idea that man is so caught up in this evil system of racial injustice that he can’t rise to new and marvelous heights of brotherhood. I refuse to accept the idea that man is little more than a tiny vagary of whirling electrons on a wisp of smoke from a limitless smoldering. I refuse to accept the notion that man is nothing but a cosmic accident, a disease on this planet not soon to be cured. I refuse to accept the idea that we can’t rise up and reach the glad day of peace of brotherhood. So tonight I stand before you with a belief. I believe that the day can come, right here in America, when all of God’s children will live together as brothers. I believe that there will be a day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream…. I believe somehow that things can get better and dark yesterdays can be transformed into bright tomorrows. I believe that the dignity and the worth of human personality will be respected one day. I believe this and I live by it."

–Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in Harlem (1964)