Martin Luther King, Jr.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.  Macroknow Library

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have a dream that one day men will rise up and come to see that they are made to live together as brothers. . . "1a NEW TESTAMENT

" . . . [E]very time we kill one [Vietcong soldier] we spend about five hundred thousand dollars while we spend only fifty-three dollars a year for every person characterized as poverty-stricken in the so-called poverty program . . . "1b

"Midnight is the hour when men desperately seek to obey the eleventh commandment, "Thou shalt not get caught." According to the ethic of midnight, the cardinal sin is to be caught and the cardinal virtue is to get by. It is all right to lie, but one must lie with real finesse. It is all right to steal, if one is so dignified that, if caught, the charge becomes embezzlement, not robbery. It is permissible even to hate, if one so dresses his hating in the garments of love that hating appears to be loving."1c RICOEUR SOROS

" . . . [T]he Negro confronts the Jew in the ghetto as his landlord in many instances. . . 
 . . . We were living in a slum apartment owned by a Jew in Chicago . . . We were paying $94 for four run-down, shabby rooms, and we would go out on our open housing marches on Gage Park and other places and we discovered that whites with five sanitary, nice, new rooms, apartments with five rooms out in those areas, were paying only $78 a month. We were paying a twenty percent tax.
It so often happens that
the Negro ends up paying a color tax."

Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Interesting Links
  • Martin Luther King Jr., USA. The Nobel Peace Prize 1964.
  • FBI file regarding Martin Luther King Jr., Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 16,659 pages, 201 in PDF formats. Documents available at The FBI Freedom of Information Act Reading Room which is located within the J. Edgar Hoover Building at FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.,

* Italics in the original.

A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. Edited by James Melvin Washington. A Testament of Hope, Coretta Scott King, Executrix of the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr., 1986. Introduction and Explanatory Notes, James Melvin Washington, 1986. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1991.
a Part II: Famous Sermons and Public Addresses. Chp. 42: A Christmas Sermon on Peace (1967), at 257-258.
b Ibid. Chp. 44: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution (31 March 1968), at 275.
c Part V: Books. Chp. 54: The Strength of Love (1963), at 498.
Appendix: Additional Interview. Chp. 58. Conversation with Martin Luther King, Sixty-Eighth Annual Convention of the Rabbinical Assembly (March 25, 1968), at 668-669.