Category Archives: Martin Luther King Quotes

Letter from Martin Luther King Jr.

In a letter to my father, Charlie Walker, on July 10, 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote:

We were very happy to have you visit Montgomery. I count it a real personal privilege of having the opportunity of meeting you. I hope that we will be able to renew this fellowship at some early date, and that I will see you again when I am not so busy with other things. Please give my best regards to all of my friends along the Philadelphia area.

Sincerely yours,

M.L. King, Jr.,

Look for more in my upcoming book, A Quaker Behind the Dream, next month.

Photo of Charlie working for the Fellowship of Reconciliation in the 1940s

Martin Luther King urged nonviolence after the bombing of his home

“If you have weapons, take them home; if you do not have them, please do not seek to get them. We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence. We must meet violence with nonviolence. Remember the words of Jesus: ‘He who lives by the sword will perish by the sword.’ We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us.… We must meet hate with love.”
Martin Luther, King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom (New York: Ballantine Books, 1958), 111.