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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Ethical Demands for Integration Summary

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The Ethical Demands for Integration Summary and Analysis

Martin Luther King declared that prejudice remains the greatest moral quandary for America. The manner in which we complete this vital condition can shape our moral, cultural, and political health as individuals and as a nation and leader of the free world. We must be actively democratic. Desegregation is dying. Even those who earlier had cried "never" are now admitting "later" (p. 117). He declares, however, that desegregation is not enough; there must be an integration of the people.

There is an important difference between desegregation and integration. Desegregation is negative in that it only eliminates exclusion. Integration carries a positive meaning, leading to creative, positive acceptance and interpersonal relationships among all peoples. Thus, desegregation is the means while integration is the end goal. Integration is his right by the nature of his being human.

All men are...

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