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We Must Teach Our Children
to Weather the Hurricanes of Life

 November 5, 1989 — Dedication of a civil rights memorial in Montgomery AL


We cannot afford the luxury of self-pity. Our top priority now is to get on with the building process.  My personal peace has come through helping boys and girls reach beyond the ordinary and strive for the extraordinary. 

We must teach our children to weather the hurricanes of life, pick up the pieces, and rebuild.  We must impress upon our children that even when troubles rise to seven-point-one on life’s Richter scale, they must be anchored so deeply that, though they sway, they will not topple.