Martin Luther King Jr.'s States Segregation Not Only Hurts Blacks but also Whites

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Martin Luther King Jr. On April 16, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, in which he responded to the Southern Clergy men’s letter appealing to the end of the demonstrations to end the demonstrations against segregation. King responded with his own letter pleading with the clergy to end segregation. In his letter he used examples of pathos, ethos, and logos to express himself to the clergymen. He also used his knowledge as a minister and a leader in his community to advance his argument. Throughout the letter Martin Luther King Jr. expresses his argument through the appeal to logic and authority. “To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a law that is not rooted in eternal law…show more content…
He appeals to his fellow African-Americans to continue the fight for the end of segregation. He tells them to continue fighting to put a stop to the horrible brutalities that have happened to their families. It is because of segregation that families have been attacked and have lost loved ones do to hate. With his appeal to emotion he is able to convey a message to his followers to keep fighting and appeal to the emotions of the clergymen to end segregation. Martin Luther King Jr. used his knowledge as a minister and his leadership in the community to advance his argument to end segregation. “Just 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 home town.” (King Letter from Birmingham). King knew that the clergymen could not go against his arguments because they would then look like hypocrites going against the world of the bible as Catholics. According to King, Jesus Christ preached his beliefs and thoughts of freedom in ancient times. King argues that he to is arguing and fighting for the freedom of his people just as Jesus did. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a letter in response to the Southern Clergymen’s letter to stop all protests to end
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