Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Nobel Lecture 1964 (Excerpt)


We can no longer afford to worship the God of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

Love is the key to the solution of the problems of the world. Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future…granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea.

But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.

—From Dr. King’s Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964