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Martin Luther King Jr. - Why He Wanted to Visit the Soviet Union
MLK Institute ^ | November 13, 1958 | Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted on 01/12/2018 3:21:12 PM PST by GoldenState_Rose

In the coming period when travel to the Soviet Union is more usual, I believe the American people will expect committed leaders to get information by serious personal inquiry rather than to rely upon secondary sources.

Among some of the more specific lines of inquiry I wish to pursue are those which would illuminate the reasons for the continued existence of religious conviction among millions of Soviet citizens, all of whom have been subjected to varying degrees of oppression and discouragement by powerful agencies of propaganda and anti-religious education. This tenacity to spiritual commitment is worthy of careful study for these precise methods to the control of man's relationship to God may be unique in human experience.

As a Baptist I am especially interested to be in contact with the large number of practicing Baptists within the Soviet Union.

As a Negro I have special concern with the influence that Soviet theory and practice have had upon the millions of colored peoples who populate the less industrially developed areas of the world. As a believer in non-violence as revealed in the teachings of Jesus Christ, I am anxious to examine the reactions of the people in a society which for so many years has sought to deny the basic spiritual and moral doctrine of Christianity.

As one who attempts to adhere to a non-violent philosophy I am anxious to experience the reaction of Soviet officials and people to those of us who hold to the view that peace and justice are possible to the degree that the world uncompromisingly embraces the Judeo-Christian ideals.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: coldwar; davidgarrow; king; martinlutherking; martinlutherkingjr; mlk; russia
He never got the opportunity to visit the USSR, likely due to the Civil Rights movement amping up at home and also because of the FBI spotlight on him for being a suspected communist.

While King may have been critical of unbridled capitalism, his religious convictions precluded him from being a Marxist. His views on non-violence precluded him from advocating for Leninist or revolutionary tactics as means to justifying an end.

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