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And when these things, are coveted in a country, when these things are honored in a country.
The country, no matter what else they have, is in danger of perishing.
No country can survive.
No country can survive without the passionate, active, responsibility, of all its citizens.
This country now, really, in terms of its politicians, always seems to feel, well, it's out of our hands, we can't do anything.
A country which has no need to, is always talking about the lesser of two evils.
I hope you see what I am trying to suggest.
I am trying to suggest this, that in order, for me,
as a Black citizen of this country, to begin to be a free man here.
In order for that to happen, a great many other things have to happen.
I cannot be, even if I wish to be, I cannot be fitted into, the social structure as it stands.
There is no possibility of opening it up, to let me in that way.
In the very same way, that in the Deep South, for example, or all over the country,
Christian churches do not have me, in their congregation.
And when I move into the congregation, not one of me.
When the church itself embraces, all Christians, the church will have had to change.
In order for us to survive, and transcend the terrible days ahead of us,
ithe country, the country will have to turn, and take me in its arms.
Now this may sound mystical, but at bottom, that is what has got to happen.
It is not a matter of giving me this or that, it's not yours to give me.
Let us be very clear about that.
The question that is haunting Americans is not whether or not it is going to give me my freedom,
I'm gonna take it. That problem is solved. [[clapping]]
But the problem is the price, not the price that I will pay