Address at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Banquet, New York

May 18, 1966


New York, NY

I believe the solution to the problems of our urban ghettoes must begin with a determination and a program. We must first be determined to stop dealing with the forgotten and the disposed—the unemployed, the dropouts, those on welfare and those who work for less than the minimum wage—as liabilities, as numbers we care for out of our charity. Instead we must deal with them as human beings and fellow citizens; as a valuable resource, as people who can take an equal and a major part in the building of a better society.