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Excerpt from Dr. King's 'When Peace Becomes Obnoxious' Sermon, March 18, 1956

“If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace.”

“If peace means being complacently adjusted to a deadening status quo, I don’t want peace.”

“If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it.”

“Peace is not simply the absence of conflict, but the existence of justice for all people.”

Read full sermon at : The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute