Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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Letter from the Birmingham Jail, a letter created by the one and only Martin Luther King Jr.(MLK). This letter was inscribed April 16, 1963 within the walls of MLK's cell at the Birmingham jail. The contents of his writing defends the strategy of nonviolent resistance to racism. Martin Luther King Jr states a commonly asked question “Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?” Yes negotiation is a better path, but MLK chooses direct actions for one specific reason. That reason being negotiation doesn't get the attention of the people. Taking action shows the people that you are serious about the issue. MLK was big on nonviolence protest to show that he did not want to cause any harm, he just wants to get his points across and better the world for fellow colored people. MLK mentions another great point in his letter to help ease the citizens confusion. This point being that MLK expresses a great deal of anxiety over the peoples willingness to break laws. Citizens become confused with this because MLK himself was found to be guilty of breaking certain laws. MLK states “that there are two types of laws: just and unjust.” after this statement he agrees with St.Augustine that “an unjust law is no …show more content…

The clergymen stated that the Birmingham police force kept things in “order” and “prevented violence.” MLK shows the readers that he has to disagree with this statement completely. It is stated that the police have had many accounts of mistreatment towards the protestors. The police allowed their dogs to sink their teeth into the unarmed and nonviolent protestors, they had ugly and inhumane treatment towards the protestors in the city jail, police refused to give the inmates food on two occasions. That is not all that is done by the police force. You can find many more accounts of mistreatment given by police officers throughout all of MLK's

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