Summary Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Martin Luther King lived in a time where Negro people were faced with a multitude of social injustices. King was actively participating in passive protests opposing the laws which upheld these injustices. In his “Letter From Birmingham Jail” King replies to the criticism of eight clergymen, who called him and his companions extremists and law breakers (King 187). In his letter of response, King both shows his disappointment with these men, as well as plead with them to see his side. King wants his letter to make the clergymen to look past his skin color and simply see him as a brother in the church. Racial injustice reigned supreme everyday during King’s time. Negro people faced extreme challenges from being physically harmed by…show more content…
This question can be very puzzling, as for us today reading this piece in 2017, his point is an obvious one that needs no explanation. But, we must look at this piece in the context of his time to get past our preconceived ideas and begin to analyze the plea and reasoning that King portrays in his writing. King’s writings show us that he was forced to plead with these men simply because they could not see and relate to his view of the situation and the world. In King’s plea, he makes a strong statement of mistreatment and inequality, he starts this statement by talking of other successes in the world. King tells that while, in America, blacks have waited 340 years to be free. Africa and Asia have seen progress towards independence and freedom, while we in America are making progress very slow (King 192). This assertion is one that clearly shows the frustrations of King’s people. But we can also take the tone of urgency about the movement. We can even see an impatience that tells us that King must plea because the white audience clearly does not have the same urgency. King is using this to show that while “it is easy for those who have not felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, ‘Wait’”, he wants his reader to relate to the wait his people have withstood (King 192). Another very striking thing in King’s words is the repeated use of the word “your”. King uses examples such as when he speaks of
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