Booker T. Washington, Harvard University, 1896
"Wherever your life touches ours, you make us stronger or weaker. No member of your race in any part of our country can harm the meanest member of mine, without the proudest and bluest blood in Massachusetts being degraded. When Mississippi commits a crime, New England commits a crime, and in so much, lowers the standard of your civilization. There is no escape--man drags a man down, or man lifts man up."