Wednesday, February 10, 2010

That quotable preacher from Georgia

Andrew Young at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.

"My daddy thought all preachers were crooks or poor."
- On his father's refusal to send him to seminary school.
"Being an American citizen was an automatic passport to prosperity. All that changed with Martin Luther King's death. "
- On the idea that the American dream is more elusive today than it was four decades ago.
"The world is more difficult for ordinary people unless you're born with a trust fund."
- On getting ahead in today's economy.
"We don't need any more lawyers."
- Lawyers haven't helped fix what ails America, he says.
"We need somebody to understand the U.S. economy if we're going to complete Martin Luther King's dream of ending war, racism and poverty."

"A man can't ride your back unless you bend over and let him."
- Something Martin Luther King Jr. used to say.
There's no secret virtue in being part of the civil rights movement. I almost had no choice."
- His fight for racial equality was practically a matter of survival, he says.
"I don't think we'll ever get there."
- On whether Americans will ever achieve the kind of racial equality that Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.
"At least you're raising these questions in the open. Just because you're raising the questions, you might find the answer."
- On efforts at Flagler College to better understand the historical role of St. Augustine in the struggle for racial equality.
"There's a time in life when everybody ought to be an atheist for a while."
- Young people ought to discover religion on their own rather than blindly accept what others tell them, he says.
"Gandhi, more than Jesus, gave us this methodology."
- On the role of non-violence in the fight for civil rights in the 1960s.

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