Rhetorical Analysis Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Marian Kolb
Prof. Craig Case
ENG 124.M01
10 October 2017
Injustice in America How does one effectively convince another person from a radically contradictory viewpoint? Exemplified by Martin Luther King, Jr., one must be concise, calm, and aware. In August 1963, King composed the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to bring awareness to the severe injustices acted towards his fellow African American people. King kept a collected and professional tone, always reverent to his oppressor’s opinion. His letter addressed and responded to the statement made by a collection of eight, white, male religious leaders of the South. These men verbally attacked King, his credibility, and his intentions, only fueling the fire. The issues these men provoked included, intense racism, segregation, inequality, injustice, and further demeaning factors. The men felt threatened by King and his organization. As a result, King publicized the nonviolent approach he and his organization would take. In his “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King composed a response to the white religious leaders regarding injustice, by utilizing the rhetorical persuasive techniques of ethos, logos, and pathos. To support his claims, King employed the use of ethos, or credibility (Alfano and O’Brien 51). Fundamentally and above all, King stood centered at the heart of this critically harsh period as an African-American. He spent an unimaginable time in jail as he peacefully defended the justice and equality he believed his people deserved. Secondly, his education came to a high advantage for him. His basis of professionalism and expertise came from his undergraduate work at Morehouse College (The New York Times 1). From there King also became President of his class, won a spot to the integrated Crozer Theological Seminary, and completed a fellowship for his Ph. D. at Boston University (The New York Times 1). King’s time at these colleges and programs developed him into a well-informed and aware individual who later influenced public efforts and outcries. His participation through education and first-hand experience backed his ethos by providing a background in specific relation to his position on the fight for injustice to subside. To further verify his
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