On November 17, 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. preached a sermon called “Love Your Enemies” at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. “Love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. That’s why Jesus says, ‘Love your enemies.’ Because if you hate your enemies, you have no way to redeem and to transform your enemies. But if you love your enemies, you will discover that at the very root of love is the power of redemption,” King preached.
His message was more than a spirited sermon. It was a belief that defined his leadership and became the crux of the civil rights movement.