All traditional methods should be pursued relentlessly. We should certainly call upon Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court for action and clarification, but when these methods fail, as they have, to bring results, we should not be forced into a position where no course of action is open to use except that which has failed us for twenty-five long years. Under the circumstances, are we not duty-bound to find new and challenging methods?

Bayard Rustin to C. B. Powell, Editor of the Amsterdam News (1948)

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