Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King

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Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. has once said, “The time is always right to do what is right” (“The Reverend”). Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written in 1963 to persuade people that it is their duty to fight against unjust laws. Dr. King had dedicated a lot of thought into his letter and clearly explained his beliefs. He is well-known for his leadership in the African-American Civil Rights Movement since he advocated for human rights and nonviolent protests. Dr. King stood up for what he believed in even though it took a toll on him. He never gave up on his philosophies and convinced other African-Americans to fight against discrimination. Dr. King’s letter appeals to the audience’s emotions of determination, righteousness, and hope to end racial segregation. Dr. King had to serve his time in Birmingham jail because he was involved in protest activities to end racial segregation, an act that was said to be violating the laws and orders of his society. During the time that he served, he read an open letter from eight clergymen who mentioned that the objections were “‘unwise and untimely… [and advised the] Negro community to withdraw support from these demonstrations, and to unite locally in working peacefully for a better Birmingham’” (King 425). Dr. King was disappointed by what he read, and in response to the clergymen—and indirectly to the general public—he wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to explain that his nonviolent protest was necessary. With
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