This quote from Dr Martin Luther King Jr commemorates the great civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1965. In response to the shocking events of March 7 and 9 in Selma, President Lyndon Johnson sends a bill to Congress that forms the basis for the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It is passed by the Senate on May 26, the House on July 10, and signed into law by President Johnson on Aug 6.
“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars?”
“True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”