A Critical Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Critical Analysis of Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail The Letter form the Birmingham jail is one of the greatest piece written my Mr. King today, pointing out various laws which were called unjust laws to the Negros community in Birmingham. After many steps considered to reach a conclusion of demonstration to point out the awareness of these unjust laws. African Americans where given the 14th amendment and laws where established to fight for the black Civil Rights in the early 60’s, but discrimination in social establishments, public places and other areas where still encountered. Mr. King elaborating in his letter the different incidents that points to discrimination, from police violence …show more content…

King while leading protests against that city's, states, and region's segregationist policies, policies that were in violation of Constitutional provisions (the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments) and the 1954 Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. The story of this phase of the Civil Rights movement is well-known and hardly requires repeating here. Out of this imprisonment came one of the ennobling documents of recent American history, the Letter from Birmingham Jail a document drawing on, appealing to, reaffirming, explaining, and extending the living tradition of the Declaration, the Constitution, the speeches and achievements of Lincoln, the reforming zeal of Bryan and the two Roosevelt’s, and the commitments of American lives to two world wars. It also drew explicitly and eloquently on the Judeo-Christian tradition, containing a profound recognition of the religious source of ethics that had been central to most of the Founding Fathers (and especially to Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Madison, and Jay), Lincoln, Bryan, and America's twentieth-century Presidents. (The devout Franklin Roosevelt told his devout Labor Secretary Frances Perkins in 1944 that the Protestant theologian "Kierkegaard explains the Nazis to me as nothing else ever has. The letter proceeds with different emotional appeals directed at different audiences. Though the letter was primarily written in response to a Call for Unity of the 8 clergymen, he took this advantage to …show more content…

They have carved a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of disappointment” (Rev Martin Luther King 728). However the clergy men who express their disapproval of his actions do so because they feel he is causing trouble and breaking the law. He argues that the laws of the segregated south are unjust therefore should not be accepted or followed. He explains the difference between God's laws and unjust, man-made laws created to persecute the black race, and how it is his duty to fight against such laws
In particular, the black community has waited long enough. Mr. King insists that the black man has waited “more than 340 years” for justice, and he then launches into a litany of abuses that his people have suffered both over time and in his present

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