Letter From Birmingham Jail Analysis

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil right movement. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, served as its first president. In 1963, Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader in Birmingham, Alabama, led a large-scale black civilian procession. Dr. King, Jr. was arrested the same day. He was in prison, wrote the "Letter from the Birmingham jail." In the letter he explained the original intention of the US civil rights movement; his wish and dream; he refuted all the accusations of the civil rights movement. The “Letter From Birmingham Jail” Dr. King tried to …show more content…

King supports his statement was nonviolent civil disobedience. When people break the law, they are willing to accept the consequences for their actions; when one's conscience tells them that a law is unjust and they break it they are willing to pay the penalty in order to get the law changed. If the Negro communities are not allowed to protest in this way it is likely to become violent. This was not meant as a threat; just a statement of what he feared may come in the future if things were not handled. He explained black people engaged in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. They only brought to the surface the hidden tension that were already alive (King, par. 19). Because society must protect the injustice civics and punish the blockers. He considered this was a healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action, but this approach was being termed extremist. There have been many people in the world that have been labeled extremist that have made a huge impact. Finally, he had gained satisfaction from this letter, because of Jesus was an extremist for love, Amos was an extremist for justice, and Paul was an extremist for the Christian gospel (King, par.

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