..nonviolence..It is love in action.

Charles Marsh: One of the things that has always amazed me about your witness in the movement in particular, is your resoluteness to face possible violent retaliation. A number of people who are your colleagues had courage, and yet then seem to have to introspect and reflect to account the cost and so forth. It's almost a kind of resoluteness and spontaneity about your witness and I don't know if anyone has ever commented on that, at it could very well be a part of this spiritual courage; it could very much be an outgrowth of that, but do you understand my point?

John Lewis: I understand what you are saying.

CM: Can you give me any sense of why that was the case for you personally?

JL: The only thing I can say… is really believe this, that there is a lot of stuff to be used by… you sort of inevitably, you sort of have to turn yourself over and follow. And somehow in some way, you believe it's going to take care of you, it's all going to work out. And I made up my mind about a few things that people said, you are not bitter, you are not hostile and all that. Because the movement was based on the simple teaching of the great teacher… he said, love thy neighbor and I think the strongest point and the most powerful component of the Christian faith and it's the most powerful element within the philosophy and… of nonviolence. And that's why I believe that the teaching and philosophy of nonviolence is inseparable from the Christian faith. It is the heart of it. It is love in action.

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