Ms. Mitchell, a pioneer in early childhood education at Penn, once asked Dr. King, "How can you tell me to love people who treat me as if I were not human?" She said she will never forget his response. "He said we are created in God's image. So you love the image of God in that person."
Source: ‘A Retreat for Dr King’, The New York Times Slide Show, 4 April 2008.
Image: Ms. Mitchell at the Penn Center. This photo is from the slideshow taken by Stephen Morton for The New York Times and used with thanks.