Letter From Birmingham Jail By Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1683 Words Oct 6th, 2016 7 Pages
In “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a response to clergymen defending his actions that placed him in a jail in Birmingham, Alabama. King did not respond to all the criticism that crossed his desk, but this time King felt he was compelled to respond. This obligation King felt was due in part to men with good will and intentions stating that his actions were “unwise and untimely” (Pg. 835). King’s purpose in writing “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was to defend the strategy of nonviolent direct action in Birmingham and to justify the process and characteristics needed to attain the goals of both nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience in a just manner.

One of the main purposes of King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was to defend the strategy of NVDA in Birmingham. King defends this strategy in the beginning of the letter when he states “It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative” (Pg. 836). It is even more evident that King is backing up the use of NVDA when he states “Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States” (Pg. 836). King is stating in the two quotes above that the injustice and segregation against African Americans in Birmingham at the time gave him no option but to implement the strategy of NVDA. King then defends his strategy of NVDA by clearly explaining…
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