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Fifty-five years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., was confronted by a young white man as he traveled by plane from Atlanta to Jackson. Calvin Trillin reported on the exchange for @NewYorker in 1964. Here is part of that conversation: 1/ newyorker.com/magazine/1964/… #TNYarchive #MLKDay
“‘I wonder if I could ask you two questions,” the young man said...”I happen to be a Southerner, but I also happen to consider myself a Christian. I wonder, do you feel you’re teaching Christian love?’ ‘Yes, that’s my basic approach,’ King said. 2/
“‘I think love is the most durable element in the world & my whole approach is based on that.’ ‘Do you think the people you preach to have a feeling of love?’ the young man asked. ‘Well, I’m not talking about weak love,’ King explained. ‘I’m talking about love with justice.’ 3/
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