Meeting Physical Force with Soul Force

Dr. King was a devoted advocate of peaceful protest, even in the face of brutal violence by those who supported segregation and racial injustice. Dr. King contrasts this with what he calls “the marvelous new militancy” advocated by reformers such as Malcolm X. Dr. King explicitly rejected the non-peaceful mode of protest: “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”