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From J. Pius Barbour

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Author: Barbour, J. Pius

Date: January 11, 1957

Location: Chester, Pa.

Genre: Letter

Topic: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Political and Social Views



Rev. M. L. King, Jr.
Dexter Avenue Baptist Church
309 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, Alabama

Dear Mike;

Can you overthrow a social system without violence? 1

Your friend,
J. Pius Barbour

1. On 15 April 1956 during the Montgomery bus boycott, Barbour, one of King’s mentors and editor of the National Baptist Voice, delivered “Can You Change a Social Order Without Violence?” at Dexter. On that occasion Barbour had argued that “the New Testament has no social strategy and the doctrine of non-resistance is strictly a personal ethic and has nothing to do with social strategy” (Barbour, “Religion in Montgomery, Alabama,” National Baptist Voice, May 1956; see also King to J. Pius Barbour, 13 March 1956, in Papers 3:171-172).

Source: MLKP-MBU, Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers, 1954-1968, Boston University, Boston, Mass.

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