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The Unfinished Journey Towards Fair Housing: Golden Memories

Return to the introduction to the two leaders that shared the goal of fair housing.

"I've Been to the Mountaintop," Mason Temple, Memphis, Tennessee, April 3, 1968. (

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle. And so, we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And let no one think that the unfortunate and the oppressed of this land sit stifled and alone in their hope tonight.
Lyndon B. Johnson

Coretta Scott King, Alberta King, and Christine Farris at Morehouse College. (The Bob Fitch Photography Archive)

There is nothing more majestic than the determined courage of individuals willing to suffer and sacrifice for their freedom and dignity.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice means a man’s hope should not be limited by the color of his skin.
Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Civil Rights leaders. (LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto)

Legislation, resting on the fullest constitutional authority of the Federal Government, to prohibit racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.
Lyndon B. Johnson

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1958 Stride Toward Freedom