Dr King Letter To Birmingham Jail Analysis

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Martin Luther King Jr is the most iconic civil rights leader in history. If anyone is unsure of his significance, they could simply take a trip to Washington, D.C to view his magnificent monument. Dr. King in the 1950s and 1960s, led protests and spoke on numerous occasions about injustice and segregation within the African American community. Although he had many Anti- Racism protest, his most legendary took place in Birmingham, Alabama. While in Birmingham, Dr. King was arrested which led to him writing a detailed letter to the city clerk. In Sr. Kings letter, he called for many changes within the city, the most eye popping to me were his calls for direct action, just laws instead of unjust laws, and the role of southern churches. Birmingham, Alabama, like many southern cities at the time, was plunging with racism and white…show more content…
King’s protest was known for being Non- Violent. This was still the case, however, Dr. King wanted more direct action. “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor”. He noticed that those in power were not open to negotiations for the African Americans. He wanted to create a situation which left the opposers with no choice but to, negotiate solutions. Dr. King also wanted the city council to be aware of the role they played by refusing the acknowledge injustice. The typical sit-ins he felt at this time would not be sufficient. There is a difference between a “just law” and an “un-just law”, Dr. King explained the difference between the two. According to him, the definition of a just law would be a man-made code. An un-just law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law or natural law. Dr. King considered any segregation statutes to be unjust since segregation destroys the soul and damages the personality. To simply put it, any law that degrades human personality is also unjust. He wanted the council to be able to realize that the laws they were creating weren’t laws that were protecting the human
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