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Strength to Love by Martin Luther King Jr. uses the duality of good and evil in the Judeo-Christian tradition to illustrate the social and political issues in the United States. King uses Christian symbolism and references to create analogies about the evils of racism and oppression and the virtue of love.

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The love that King talks about is a divine kind of love, and King posits that this love is within all people. In this sense, God's love and spirit, or godliness, is embedded within all human beings. This is why he believes that activists, revolutionaries, and those who are conscious about the plight of African Americans and other minorities in America can find the strength to fight against the evils of society. He believes that it takes strength to love your enemies and oppressors.

King also references the teachings and philosophies of Gandhi, who inspired the civil disobedience and nonviolent insurrections of the American Civil Rights movement.

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