Remarkable civil rights memo from MLK offers lessons for today


Slate.com has uncovered a December 16, 1956 document  signed by Martin Luther King Jr. and J.W. Powell. The memo titled Intergated Bus Suggestions was distributed by the Montgomery Improvement Association. It offered non-violent advice for blacks riding buses and  is remarkable for its wise counsel which can be extrapolated to many situations on all sides of a conflict, even today.

The recent and tragic police shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has led to civil unrest in that city. One wonders whether whites, blacks, and the police forces would be open to the advice from Intergated Bus Suggestions in today's climate.