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The Meaning of Love in A Handwritten Note by Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Last February 10, 2020 CNN published a news report about an extremely rare handwritten note by Martin Luther King Jr. that has been discovered and is up for sale through the memorabilia company Moments in Time for the price of $42,000. According to Gary Zimeth, CEO of Moments in Time, “the price reflects just how rare it is to find a handwritten note by the renowned civil rights leader.”

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“It is extremely rare. Other than inscriptions in (typed) letters and books, finding a handwritten note is very rare,” added Zimet.

Zimet further said, his experience of 40 years in the business led him to believe the note was authentic the second he saw it. But he also compared it to the other instances of King’s handwriting to make sure it was real. CNN on its part said it could not independently confirm its authenticity.

CNN quoted Zimet as saying, “Moments in Time bought the note from a memorabilia dealer in England, who apparently had no idea of the note’s worth,” and added that he (Zimet) “hopes the note goes to someone who will appreciate its meaning and value.”

King’s definition of love is in accordance with how the Bible depicts it. Love is the core of God’s nature. It is the perfection of human character. Love is the most powerful, ultimate force in the universe (1 Corinthian 13, Halley).

The discovery of the note and the message it contains is very timely as we are about to celebrate Valentine’s Day!


Halley, Henry H. Halley’s Bible Handbook. ePub Format. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2000.

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