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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Political and Social Views

To Nettie K. Hurlburt

In a 29 October letter, Hurlburt expressed her ambivalence over the jail sentences given to two segregationists for their roles in the 7 September bombing of the Little Rock Board of Education building.1 Hurlburt explained that as a FOR member she supported integration but “the idea of these two young, ignorant, and impetuous (to say nothing of the fact that they were probably being ‘used’) men going to the penitentiary for many years, doesn’t seem to be the answer either.” She asked that King

To Deolinda Rodrigues

In a 30 May letter Rodrigues, a twenty-year-old Angolan student living in Brazil, requested King’s advice and support for the independence movement in her native country but admonished: “Please just do what You really can with no harm for You.…If some people have to pay with their lives…let it be ourselves.”1 In his reply below, King suggests that the Angolan movement needs a “person or some few persons” to symbolize the struggle: “As soon as your symbol is set up it is not difficult to get pe


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