Letter From Birmingham By Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Letter from Birmingham” was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to his fellow clergyman who wrote an article “A Call for Unity” in the newspaper that questioned his methods of protest. In King’s response, he was precise as to why the opinions of the clergyman were incorrect and not logical. Throughout the letter, there are rhetorical devices used that enhanced King’s argument. He uses ethos to reach the audience from his own personal experience, pathos to have an emotional connection, and logos for logic or evidence from credible sources. At the beginning of Dr. King’s letter he explains that he has come to Birmingham, Alabama because he was asked by the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was asked to assemble a nonviolent direct action program, which he and his staff were glad to do. He supports this statement by using an example that refers to biblical stories, this is described as pathos since it connects to the readers emotionally being that it involves religion. The quote is, “as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.” He formerly compares the people of
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