Baptist Times, die 1968 über den Tod Martin Luther Kings berichtete, titelte mit einem Foto von Dr. King vom Kongress der Europäisch Baptistischen Föderation in Amsterdam.
Ein Jahr nach seiner berühmten Rede "I have a dream" in Washington D.C. besuchte der Baptistenpastor und Bürgerrechtler Martin Luther King auf Einladung des Regierenden Bürgermeisters Willy Brandt und der Evangelischen Kirche Berlin.
Martin Luther King mit Studenten · Foto Siegfried Krüger
"I want to talk with you mainly about our struggle in the United States and, before taking my seat, talk about some of the larger struggles in the whole world and some of the more difficult struggles in places like South Africa. But there is a desperate, poignant question on the lips of people all over our country and all over the world. I get it almost everywhere I go and almost every press conference. It is a question of whether we are making any real progress in the struggle to make racial justice a reality in the United States of America. And whenever I seek to answer that question, on the one hand, I seek to avoid an undue pessimism; on the other hand, I seek to avoid a superficial optimism."
"With this faith, we will be able to adjourn the counsels of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism. With this faith, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace and brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to speed up the day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, theists and atheists—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!""
mehr Sarah Laskow January 16, 2017
Kurzbesuch am 14. September 1964
24. Oktober 1965
Sonderaudienz bei Papst Paul VI. am 14. September 1964