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Martin Luther King Speaks at Princeton

Apr. 29, 1962 - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured with Dean Ernest Gordon) called on man today to be “maladjusted” to a society that allows segregation. In his sermon before 2,500 persons in the Princeton University Chapel, he asserted that men were “sleeping through a revolution.” “Man through his scientific genius made this world a neighborhood,” Dr. King said. “Now, through our moral and ethical lives, we must make it a brotherhood. All life is interrelated. Whatever affects one of us, affects all.” He cited Jesus and Abraham as examples of maladjusted figures in history. Dr. King, who is co-pastor with his father of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, called for the obliteration of white supremacy in the nation. He said Negroes should not “succumb to the temptations of using violence” because it would harm future generations. His sermon was part of a Princeton religious conference on integration.

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