Here are some of the powerful words Dr. King wrote from jail...:
As Dr. King sat in the Birmingham jail, I was worried that our schools might be integrated and that I and my white classmates might have to attend school with blacks. (If I had written this in 1963 I can assure you the name I used for blacks would have been offensive.) I did not attend school with African American students until I was a Senior in High School, and then it was only with a dozen, hand picked students who had the courage to stand up to my and my classmates narrow minded bigotry. I did nothing cruel or mean other than to ignore them and pretend they were not there. While I did not participate in the slurs uttered behind their back, or the mean tricks that were played on them, I am painfully ashamed to say I felt no remorse for their plight.
When Dr. King was murdered in 1968 I was a student at Freed-Hardeman College, a Christian College. I did not feel the hurt and disappointment I would later, I felt apathy toward Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. and his people, and concern for the destruction and violence in the riots which followed his assassination. Well, I am truly sorry now and have tremendous respect for all that Dr. King accomplished on behalf of not only his own race, but for all of us. I think he was the greatest orator of the 20th century. Take the time to listen to his speeches and appreciate the articulate way he expressed their plight. Consider for a moment the fact that his words had tremendous effect. As difficult and confusing as our present society may be, love for all people characterizes it much more today than it did in 1963.
(I do not deserve for you to take even a moment, but if you would say a prayer for me, asking Almighty God to forgive my youthful, ignorant, hateful bigotry I will be eternally grateful.)