Interview with Coretta Scott King
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

NOW IN TERMS OF THAT JANUARY, THERE WAS—I WONDER IF I SHOULD ASK YOU ABOUT THE TIME THE HOUSE WAS BOMBED, IN JANUARY OF '56. NOW WHY DO YOU THINK THAT, THAT, THE—DR. KING'S REACTION WAS NO RETALIATION? HE WAS VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT. WHAT DO YOU THINK GAVE HIM THAT STRENGTH TO NOT BE ANGRY ABOUT HIS WIFE AND HIS CHILD BEING UNDER ATTACK?

Coretta Scott King:

Well, I think it was his, his—first of all, his understanding of the Christian faith, what it means to be truly Christian, because we are taught that we shouldn't, not hate. We should love, even our enemies. We are taught that, that we must forgive, I mean, and we must do it many, many times, not just one time. I think there's one passage that says seventy times seven. And, and so Martin was understanding that, you know, if he was true to his commitment to the Christian ministry, that he had a responsibility to fight for the liberation of his people—because Christianity is a liberating religion.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

That's a roll-out on 192. We're going to 193.