Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr.

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“. . . I am in Birmingham because injustice is here” (1). Imagine being a black male, in a southern state, in the 1960’s. Just let that sink in. Martin Luther King Jr. was not supposed to be speaking out. Blacks were supposed to keep their mouths shut, stay under the radar, and just accept the hate they received. Being black in the south was not easy, and Martin Luther King Jr. is explaining why he is there and for what purpose. Black’s should not be treated so poorly in any part of the world and King does an amazing job of sticking up for his race and what he believes in. It is now too late to change America’s racist history; however, if Americans listen to what Martin Luther King Jr. had to say we can defend America against racism. In King's “Letter from Birmingham Jail” he is trying to reach the white Christians who are attempting to stop him from speaking out.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the racism towards blacks when he made the statement, “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and god-given rights” (2). In this quote King explains how African Americans have contributed to America’s success and how they have not received the full recognition, rights and respect they deserve. Africans were a key part in America’s growth. Not only were they slaves on the farms and plantations that helped start American agriculture, they also came on the ships full of settlers to the United States. They helped build and establish Jamestown and

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