Dr. King highlights a quote from Arnold J. Toynbee's twelve-volume analysis of the rise and fall of civilizations, "A Study of History."

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[ Underlined:Toynbee] The swift succession of catastrophe events on a steeply mounting gradient inevitably inspire a dark doubt about our future ; and this doubt threatens to undermined our faith and hope at a critical eleventh hour which calls for the utmost exercise of these saving spiritual faculties. Here [Page 2] is a challenge which we cannot wade, and our destiny depends on our response. Toynbee: A study of History p.[page 553]
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