"The sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality"
- Martin Luther King Jr.
About this Quote
This quote by Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to the struggle of African Americans for freedom and equality. He is referring to the "sweltering summer" of the African American's discontent, which is a metaphor for the oppressive and unjust conditions they have been subjected to for centuries. He is saying that until there is a change in the status quo, the African American's discontent will not be alleviated. He is also suggesting that the only way to bring about this change is through an "invigorating autumn of freedom and equality". This is a call to action for African Americans to fight for their rights and to demand the freedom and equality they deserve. King is saying that only through collective action and a unified voice can African Americans achieve the justice and equality they have been denied for so long.
"A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it"