Raising Up America

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From the Vincent Harding’s Introduction to Martin Luther King’s Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community: “I recalled the story of [Fannie Lou Hamer] being questioned by a reporter at the historic 1964 Democratic National Convention and asked about her powerful challenge on behalf of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to the convention’s acceptance of segregated delegations. Did her vigorous antisegregation stand mean that “she was seeking equality with the white man?” the reporter asked. “No,” Ms. Hamer firmly replied. “What would I look like fighting for equality with the white man? I don’t want to go down that low. I want the true democracy that’ll raise me and the white man up … raise America up.”

Roger

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