"I want to thank you for listening to me. I hope I haven't put anybody on the spot. I'm not intending to try and stir you up and make you do something that you wouldn't have done anyway.
I pray that God will bless you in everything that you do. I pray that you will grow intellectually, so that you can understand the problems of the world and where you fit into, in that world picture. And I pray that all the fear that has ever been in your heart will be taken out, and when you look at that man, if you know he's nothing but a coward, you won't fear him.
If he wasn't a coward, he wouldn't gang up on you. He wouldn't need to sneak around here. [Applause] This is how they function. They function in mobs - that's a coward. They put on a sheet so you won't know who they are - that's a coward. No! The time will come when that sheet will be ripped off. If the federal government doesn't take it off, we'll take it off."
al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X) speaking to young students in in Selma, Alabama (February 4, 1965)