Dr. King 's Letter

1085 Words Sep 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In creating the best response to this letter I read this over multiple times and in doing so I could not ignore the potent reality of the social injustice issues in the United States, in particular, Birmingham, in the 1960s. Throughout this powerful letter, Dr. King respectfully addresses his conscious intentions in trying to acknowledge the situation. The purpose of my reflection paper is to analyze the content and recognize my initial reactions.
1. The main thesis of Dr. King’s letter was to acknowledge his presence in Birmingham, and most importantly and as stated, he aimed to refute the comments made by the eight white religious leaders who criticized his protest decision, claiming it as unwise and untimely (King, 1963). Dr. King had a desire to acknowledge the social injustice issues that were occurring in Birmingham, as he believed in solidity and just like his letter states, a ‘whatever affects one directly, affects us all indirectly’ (King, 1963).
2. In my opinion, this letter was very well written. From the start of the letter, Dr. King immediately refuted the idea that he was an unwanted outsider, by clarifying, that he was welcomed and invited into Birmingham. Unwise and untimely, ridiculous, Dr. King boldly rejected this assumption by stating that the African American community had been restricted in so many aspects of life and that this protest was the only option. Not only had they attempted to make a political change, the community specifically waited and…
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