Reaction Of Martin Luther King's Letter From A Birmingham Jail

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“Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Reaction “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” In 1963, Martian Luther King Jr was protesting for blacks to have equal rights in Birmingham, Al. The city administration found out about these protests and ordered the police to arrest them. Now in jail was confronted by a court and ordered not to protest in Birmingham. In response King wrote what is now known as the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. The letter is considered to be the most important documents of the civil rights movement as it explains Kings strategy of using nonviolent protests to make a point and spark a negotiation. Kings letter started the…show more content…
King then enacted the nonviolent campaign that consisted of four steps. First off, he investigated if injustice exists. This was easily noticed as court and police refused to investigate the bombing of the black homes. The black leaders were mostly encored by the city’s leaders. Second, he proceeds to negotiate this didn’t go over well. As merchants promised to remove the white and colored signs. The signs soon returned most likely the merchants were treated by the court and the KKK. This leads to the third step; the process of self-purification. The process got the black people in non-violent mindset to accept blows without fighting back and endure a jail cell. The last step was then set in motion direct action marches and sit ins were in full swing. This created tension in society that would eventually lead to the wall surrounding the negations to crack and fall to the ground. This plan worked for King in every city he visited. King explains what a just and unjust law is as “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”. For 340 years the blacks were denied their constitutional rights as the color of your skin was not mentioned in this great document. Unfortunately, the government pushed segregation in the class rooms therefore many black people had no idea the constitution existed. Not even children could understand why they were denied entry into public places and why white people hated them. Black people lived in constant fear. A law must follow a moral guild
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