How Did Martin Luther King Respond To Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Martin Luther King’s Response In A Call for Unity, the eight clergyman from Birmingham published an article in the local newspapers urging blacks to withdraw support from Martin Luther King Jr. and his demonstrations. Instead of supporting MLK they believe that the local community should work together to get past their differences. The Clergymen criticize Martin Luther King’s demonstrations in their article, stating that outsiders (King) should not get involved, negotiation is better than direst action, protests were untimely, and many other premises. King responded to these criticisms in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. He justified these nonviolent measures that sent him to jail and explained why the segregation laws against blacks in the south must be changed. After analyzing both…show more content…
MLK states, “Justice too long delayed is justice denied” (King 3). This quote is perfect for their circumstance. The black community has been waiting too many years at this point; in fact, no time will be a “good time” to fight for freedom according to the white moderators. They have been held back long enough and it is their time to get the rights they deserve. The clergymen state that time will lead to equality and the black community needs to be patient. King explains that this is not true. Time will not lead to equality and nothing gets done without direct action. "There are just laws and there are unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that an unjust law is no law at all... One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly...I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law."
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