Martin Luther King Jr 's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Martin Luther King, Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” was written during 1963, when African Americans were fighting for black and white equality. During the civil rights movement Martin Luther King Jr fought triumphantly for African Americans and their freedom. He was often subjected to imprisonment from those who opposed the purpose of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther king Jr took a lot of time to write and document his thoughts about how his people were being treated. “Letter to Birmingham” documented king’s experience while attending the protest in Birmingham Alabama. Here we’ll explore king’s thoughts and how he was able to inform his people of the injustice in Birmingham. The purpose of king’s letter was to respond to the…show more content…
I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – King uses words such as “interrelatedness,” “mutuality,” and “community” to garner an emotional response. Another way he uses pathos is when he stated, “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.” – King establishes an emotional appeal by expressing how he and his community have been asked to “Wait!” over and over again. It wears on their patience. He is asking his audience to understand this injustice and to be sympathetic. King begins to use logos when he stated, “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.” – MLK shows
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