In what speech did martin luther king jr say this?

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him"

was it in a speech? or was it during an interview? which speech or interview or anything did he say this in? i have to cite the quote.

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  • 8 years ago
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    Apparently, he spoke the words before a congregation of the Beulah Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL June 18, 1956, following some highly inflammatory words spoken the previous week by Rev. U.J. Fields, of the Bell Street Baptist Church.

    The quote is found in Chapter 9 of Rev. King's book, "A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King."

    Source(s): http://books.google.com/books?id=qnoc3JhV5iUC&pg=P... [Scroll down to the bottom of Page 452]
  • 8 years ago

    **The quote to which you refer is found in a speech delivered by The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. on June 18, 1956, at the Beulah Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=qnoc3JhV5iUC&prin... [PLEASE USE "Search in this book" function by inserting: Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence -- This will result in your ability to view PAGE 453 -- in the final paragraph on PAGE 453, you will find the quote about which you ask.]

    *BRIEF BACKGROUND:

    __On June 11, 1956, after Reverend U. J. Fields charged that leaders of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) had misappropriated funds from the MIA treasury, Rev. Fields resigned from his position as secretary of the MIA.

    __On June 12, 1956, the MIA denied any misuse of organization funds, and dismissed Rev. Fields’s charges as false.

    __On June 17, 1956, Dr. King canceled a scheduled speaking engagement at the Ward AME Church in Los Angeles in order to return to Montgomery to deal with the Fields crisis. The congregation of the Bell Street Baptist Church voted unanimously to remove Rev. Fields from its pulpit.

    __ON JUNE 18, 1956, at a mass meeting at Beulah Baptist Church, Rev. Fields retracted his allegations about the MIA’s misappropriation of money and apologized for his attack on MIA leaders. In his address to the assembled crowd, Dr. King asked them to forgive Rev. Fields for the false charges.

    **QUOTATION:

    During Dr. King's address, he asked those assembled to forgive Rev. Fields. As part of his address he said the following:

    "Let us never forget that we have committed ourselves to a way of nonviolence, and nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him. Now in the spirit of our nonviolent movement I call upon you to forgive the Reverend Fields."

    *SOURCES:

    M.L. King. "A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King." Ed. James M. Washington. HarperOne Publishers: U.S.A. (1990). PAGE 453. Print.

    http://www.amazon.com/Testament-Hope-Essential-Wri...

    http://books.google.com/books?id=qnoc3JhV5iUC&prin... [Please use "Search in this book" function by inserting: Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence .]

    http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/kingpapers... [Please see June, 1956.]

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