At the height of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivered a speech in which he stated: “The whirlwind of revolt will continue to shake the foundation of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. But that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

What did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. recommend as a means of attaining civil rights?


King referred to the “whirlwind of revolt” that must continue until justice prevails. Yet, he urged his followers not to resort to aggression, as “we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds” or drink “from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

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