Dr. Martin Luther King

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes this letter as a response to the clergymen, who criticized and impeded the nonviolent campaign led by King in Birmingham. In his long letter, Marin Luther King presents a good deal of rational reasons for why the nonviolent campaign should be done in Southern America. He also demonstrates his unmovable determination to accomplish the goal of this nonviolent campaign. Obviously, King intends to awake the clergymen and other opponents by this touching letter.
From the historical aspect, King did a great job in convincing his opponents on social justice issues with this letter, since he carried out the nonviolent campaign and successfully won over equal rights for black people. However, leaving alone the history, I’d like to look into the language aspect in this missive and analyze how King’s words make his letter unexpectedly persuasive.
Martin Luther King argues that nonviolence campaign must be conducted in Birmingham, since this is where all black people are treated unfairly and completely exposed to really severe social injustices. King states in his letter: “Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of police brutality is known in every section of this country. Its unjust treatment of Negroes in the courts is a notorious reality. There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in this nation.” King uses this fact to support…

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