An Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In the 1960s, Birmingham, Alabama was arguably the most segregated city in the United States. African Americans living there were constantly berated by racist men and women, forced to never visit “white-only” areas, and were even threatened by members of the infamous Ku Klux Klan. To retaliate, African Americans decided to protest against the racial issues in a peaceful manner in order for African Americans to gain civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr. was among these protesters, though he was soon arrested for his involvement. While in Birmingham Jail, King received information about a letter written by several Christian clergymen named “A Call for Unity”, which was a letter to the public, specifically to African Americans, to end the protests so that peace can be kept in Birmingham.…show more content…
In the letter “Letter from Birmingham Jail” King wrote to the clergymen as to why non-violent direct actions are superior by arguing on how he and the clergymen are alike in terms of their goal to make a better Birmingham and occupation as a clergyman, describing the white moderate and how they are considered to be worst offenders of continuing racial discrimination, and listing several descriptive scenarios of African Americans brutally and morally wounded by racial discrimination to explain that the African American community can no longer wait for change to occur in court; they must take immediate action if they desire racial freedom. If they do nothing, the African American society would fall into obscurity, never being equal to the white
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