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Pathos In A Letter To Birmingham Jail

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Civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while imprisoned in Birmingham, Alabama, wrote his “A Letter to Birmingham Jail” in 1963. In this letter, King addresses eight white clergymen who had previously written to King regarding his demonstrations. The purpose is to inform the audience on ethics/ morality and how segregation is wrong. Through the use of ethos and pathos, Dr. King exposes the cruelty of segregation to justify his protest. Dr. King shows credibility through appealing to his audience by having them understand him as a religious figure. King states, “I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five organizations across the south, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights” (King 1). He emphasizes that when he speaks about religious topics he has the credibility to do so. By saying “I have the honor” king shows that he has the confidence and the authority to speak about this organization because he is the president of the organization. King describes that it is “An organization operating in every southern state” showing that he has knowledge about where the organization operates. By expressing “One of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights” King makes it known that he takes human rights very seriously by tying them in with religion. Dr. King also shows his credibility…show more content…
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expresses pathos in his letter by convincing his audience to believe the argument of segregation. He shows credibility through appealing to his audience by having them understand him as a religious figure. Martin Luther King Jr. expresses why the dangers of segregation should be put to an end for the eight white
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