What Martin Luther King Said

Martin Luther King was asked about the Nation of Islam’s “aggressive” stance. This was his response.

“But 
I 
do 
feel 
that 
this
 movement
 does 
remind
 the
 nation 
of
 something.
 And 
if,
 in
 reminding 
the 
nation
 of
 this 
something 
that 
it 
so 
desperately
 needs 
to 
hear 
and
 to
know, 
there 
may 
be 
some 
contribution, 
it
 did
 not
 come 
into 
being
 out
 of
 thin 
air;
 it 
is
 symptomatic
 of
 the 
deeper 
unrest,
 discontent, 
and
 frustration
 of
 the 
Negro.
And 
I
 think
 it
 is 
an 
indictment 
on 
the
 laxity 
of
 Christianity
 and
 the
 laxity 
of 
democracy 
that
 a
 movement 
like
 this
 came
 into 
being.
And 
I 
think 
that 
the
 challenge
 of
 this 
movement
 is
 not 
so 
much 
to 
condemn 
its 
philosophy,
as 
I 
will 
continue
 to 
do,
 but
 go 
out
 and 
work
 harder 
to 
get 
rid 
of
 the
 conditions 
that 
brought 
it 
into 
being.”

– American 
Race
 Crisis 
lecture
 series: Transcript. (1964). In Martin
Luther
King,
Jr.: Question
 and
 Answer
 session 
following
 Opening 
Address. NEW YORK: New
School
Archives. (Link)

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