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Lisa Anyan Smith | Ph.D.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. Referring to the concept of maladjustment, Dr. King declared, “You have given us a great word. There are some things in our society, some things in our world, to which we should never be adjusted.”
“We must never adjust ourselves to economic conditions that take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.” 
Dr. King advocated for “creative maladjustment” to combat injustice, so that “…we may be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man, into the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.”


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