The following quotation was typed on a sheet of paper inserted in Bonhoeffer’s copy of the book by Robert Moton, What The Negro Thinks: How do you laugh, when the flesh of your people is dragged through the streets? How do you have the faith to keep singing, when the door of opportunity is slammed in your face because you’re black? How are you able to succor those who brought you low and who are yet trying to keep you down? How do you keep smiling, when you are denied comfortable transportation, equity in the laws of the land and every other right and privilege that would help you become the greatest personality that you might become? I laugh, because in the distance I can see the dawn of a new day that is visible only to those who look through the lens of faith and love. As my forefathers sang, “Swing Lord, Sweet Chariot, ” I laugh, because I see dimly this…
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