Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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In the “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King demonstrates his mastery of the written word as he describes the plight of the civil rights movement and his actions to dismantle segregation. The letter was his persoanl response to his fellow clergymen’s criticisms regarding the current civil disobedience. White clergymen, strongly opposed to Dr. Kings position on nonviolent passive resistance. They issued a statement urging African Americans not to support the demonstrations. Dr. King’s letter is an extremely powerful and a persuasive piece of historic literature. The letter details lessons in intelligent, communitive writing that results in powerful written communication. Dr. King states his perspectives without apology and builds his case for his fellow clergymen to encompass his passion and enable them to see his roots of his perspective and philosophies. A great example of persuasive writing. …show more content…

King's mission was to end segregation. African Americans could not eat at the same restaurants, drink from the same water fountains or use the same restrooms. Peaceful protests erupted throughout the south which brought about nationwide attention. The Birmingham Police did not take well to the protesters and used attack dogs and fire hoses on the demonstrators. Dr. King was jailed along with many of his supporters, including hundreds of schoolchildren. In his letter he defends his non-violent approach for cultural change. He makes clear his position that surpressed people past and present will eventually grow tired and will see their own justice. He wanted to lead the protesters to have a collective mindset to make change without violence and to take a moral high road to affect change. He clarifies his views as to why oppressed people resist their oppression. In addition he expresses his personal belief in the human decency of all Americans. He weaves in past world history as examples to his projected

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