Letter From Birmingham Jail Analysis

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A Revolutionary Response Place yourself in the shoes of someone who is not allowed to sit down on a public bus,; who is not permitted to stay in certain motels,; who is not tolerated in the “white only” family amusement park,; that was the painful impediment that African Americans of the 1960’s faced solely due to the melanin in their skin (King 2). Among these African Americans was the reverend, doctor, humanist, husband, and Civil Rights activist, Mr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a middle class, black man with a life-long devotion of implementing ethnic equality to African Americans nationwide. Following one of Rev. King’s peaceful protests in Birmingham, Alabama, he was jailed on accounts of “parading without a permit” (King…show more content…
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly” (King 1). Martin Luther King, Jr. established his duty as a leader to be in Birmingham, first for organizational ties, and second, because the injustice in Birmingham indirectly affected African Americans everywhere. Additionally, Osborn addressed the way Dr. King was titled in the response from the clergymen. “The statement to which King was responding, signed by eight leaders representing various religious faiths, had in fact not even mentioned him or acknowledged his identity as a pastor, certainly not as an equal” (26). This excerpt examined the fact that although the target of the clergymen’s letter was apparent, the men remained so adamantly immoral that they refused to even slightly regard Reverend King as an equal. This disgrace has no obvious effect on Mr. King, for he introduces himself as an equal, despite the opinions of the clergymen. “Thus, from the outset, King asserts his identity and claims his seat at their table, whether welcome or not . . . .” (Osborn 26). Through careful placement of adjectives here and there, King efficiently labels himself as an equal. “I also hope that circumstances will soon make it possible for me to meet each of you, not as an integrationist or a civil rights leader, but as a fellow clergyman and a Christian brother” (7). The words “fellow clergyman” and “Christian brother,” especially, help Dr. Martin Luther King,
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