"Some have called me an extremist. Extremist are not necessarily a bad thing. Wasn't Martin Luther an extremist...? Was not John Bunyon an extremist; "...I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscious." Wasn't Abraham Lincoln an extremist; "..this nation cannot survive, half slaven and half free." Wasn't Thomas Jefferson an extremist; "...we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremist will we be? Will we be extremist for the preservation of injustice, or extremist for the extension of justice?"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An except from Letters from a Birmingham Jail