Ethos In Letter From Birmingham Jail

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On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr addresses his fellow Clergymen about why he is in jail by releasing a “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” The King discusses the recent events that have led up to this point of him being behind bars.
The King begins to use ethos at the start of his letter by explaining to the reader that he is the serving president of the Southern Christian leadership conference. He continues by saying that the affiliates in Birmingham invited him to engage in a nonviolent direct action program. The members consented and when the hour came they lived up to their promise. King, along with other members were put in jail precisely because they were invited by Birmingham. He does this in an effort to create empathy from the

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