An Analysis Of Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham City Jail

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On April 12, 1963, civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama. He was asked by an affiliate of his organization to partake in a nonviolent program. He was arrested during a non violent protest. Police Commissioner Eugene Connor declared that the reason behind King’s arrest was that he did not at have a permit to protest. While he served his 11 day sentence, King would write the “Letter From Birmingham City Jail” to the eight Birmingham Clergymen. This item would be a pivotal part of the Civil Rights Movement. One point that the Birmingham clergymen made was that King and his cohorts are willing to break laws and they expressed concern. Dr.King discussed this topic in his letter, he stated that there is a difference…show more content…
Not only did whites use laws to help demean colored people but they also used physically violent and tortuous methods. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. The Black Lives Matter movement is defiantly a current issue that relates to some of the themes from King’s letter. Martin Luther King’s legacy will forever be imprinted in the fabric of America’s dynasty. Not only was his knowledge and eloquence as on orator a key factor in him being the phenomena that he is today but it is also his perseverance that helped him gain respect. Through the trials of being incarcerated for trying to peacefully fight for basic rights, he endured and managed to continue to fight; that is until he was violently and viciously taken out. This letter is a prime example of the affect people can make through words. This letter did after help draw national attention to the civil rights movement in Birmingham which was one of the most segregated cities in the United States. It showcases some of his concerns of society during his time and it also showcases his hope for a better future. “ Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our
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