To be able to express joy is a gift you give to others. He expressed such joy when we got to see him when he was coming out of jail. It was fabulous to see that joy.
— Sarah Wenig, Communications Strategist, Back Bay
He overcame adversity and forgave.
— Michael Josey, Campaign Worker, Dorchester
He stood for hope. He stood for resilience. He brought hope for people when they were in the deepest despair. He taught people how to fight for equality.
— Lisette Le, Field Coordinator, Dorchester
For me and for the workers rights movement, particularly in the low-wage sector, he talked about fighting apartheid through nonviolence. It’s an inspiring concept. He showed that what people think is impossible is possible.
— Edwin Argueta, Organizer, Everett
The power of forgiveness.
— Dennis Jackson, Entrepreneur, South End
He considered a broad range of tactical responses to oppression, which is what endeared him to most of the world. He was a militant and he embraced socialist principles.
— Alex Papali, Environmental Organizer, Jamaica Plain