Extract from Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”

But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." ... And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal ..." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.

Published in Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait (New York, 1964), 88.
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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Martin Luther King, Jr.,