Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “The Necessity for Temporary Segregation”

“There are points at which I see the necessity for temporary segregation in order to get to the integrated society. I can point to some cases. I’ve seen this in the South, in schools being integrated, and I’ve seen it with Teachers’ Associations being integrated. Often when they merge, the Negro is integrated without power…We don’t want to be integrated out of power; we want to be integrated in power.

And this is why I think it is absolutely necessary to see integration in political terms, to see that there are some situations where separation may serve as a temporary way-station to the ultimate goal which we seek, which I think is the only answer in the final analysis to the problem of a truly integrated society.”

March 25, 1968
“The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Clayborne Carson — page 292

There are points at which I see the necessity for temporary segregation in order to get to the integrated society. I can point to some cases. I've seen this in the South, in schools being integrated, and I've seen it with Teachers' Associations being integrated. Often when they merge, the Negro is integrated without power...We don't want to be integrated out of power; we want to be integrated in power. And this is why I think it is absolutely necessary to see integration in political terms, to see that there are some situations where separation may serve as a temporary way-station to the ultimate goal which we seek, which I think is the only answer in the final analysis to the problem of a truly integrated society. March 25, 1968 "The  Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr." by Clayborne Carson -- page 292
There are points at which I see the necessity for temporary segregation in order to get to the integrated society. I can point to some cases. I’ve seen this in the South, in schools being integrated, and I’ve seen it with Teachers’ Associations being integrated. Often when they merge, the Negro is integrated without power…We don’t want to be integrated out of power; we want to be integrated in power.
And this is why I think it is absolutely necessary to see integration in political terms, to see that there are some situations where separation may serve as a temporary way-station to the ultimate goal which we seek, which I think is the only answer in the final analysis to the problem of a truly integrated society.
March 25, 1968
“The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Clayborne Carson — page 292