Summary Of Letter From Birmingham Jail

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“Its unjust treatment of Negroes in the courts is a notorious (well-known) reality. There have been more unsolved bombings of Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than any city in this nation. These are the hard, brutal, and unbelievable facts.” Unfortunately, Martin Luther King Jr. was right. Burning of houses and churches were the “hard, brutal, and unbelievable facts” of that time, a time known as the Civil Rights Era. The Civil Rights Era was framed around people protesting and holding demonstrations for the equal rights of “colored people” and to outlaw racial injustice in the United States. Martin Luther King Jr. was a big part of this movement, acting as one of the movement’s leaders. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail is a passionate letter that addresses and …show more content…

“I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every Southern state. We have eighty-five affiliate organizations all across the South, one being the Alabama Christian movement fro Human Rights. King was invited to Birmingham by the local SCLC affiliate group to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program. At the time Birmingham was one of the most heavily segregated cities in the country and King was very concerned about the injustices that were taking place there. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King knew he could not sit idly in Atlanta as the city of Birmingham became more and more segregated with every passing day. King strongly felt that whatever was directly affecting one city was indirectly affecting another. Although Birmingham was not his home, he still had a duty to take action and could not understand why anyone living in any state could consider themselves an outsider to what was happening in Birmingham,

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